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Very Slow Download Speeds - Sub 10 KB/Sec

Discussion in 'Networking' started by saintlysimon79, Mar 29, 2009.

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  1. saintlysimon79

    saintlysimon79 Thread Starter

    Mar 29, 2009
    Hello TSG,

    I hope you can help.

    Firstly, I have searched the forums for help regarding my issue, and tried a few things.

    Nothing has worked so far.

    My problem is this, I have just switched from Cable Broadband, trhugh fibre optics, to ADSL.

    And I have to say, I wish I never did.

    I went for the top package available to me, unlimited downloads, with a connection speed of upto 8Mb.

    I know from running tests I can get upto 6.5Mb in my area.

    So, had a professional from BT pop round and install my new Bt Home Hub wireless router and setup the web on both my laptop and desk top.

    The laptop has a wireless built in, from Intel. The engineer installed a wireless USB adapter for my desktop, the BT Voyager 1055 Turbo 11g.

    He installed Macfee secutiry on both laptop and desk top.

    When arriving home after the install I tested my download speeds through;


    And supprisingly my laptop was fine, getting speeds of around 6.5mbs

    However, my desktop was only achieving speeds of 0.5mbs!

    So thinking it could be the fact my desktop was stuck in the corner of my spare room, and perhaps not picking up a great signal, I moved the whole unit about 2 metetrs from the Wireless Hub.

    Still only getting around 1.4Mbs.

    Then I removed Macfee from my PC, firslty it had slowed my system down anyway, and secondly my system had crashed twice. Which was wierd, as it hasnt crashed in three years before the install.

    Now my speeds are much better, getting speeds of 7Mbs !

    Fantasic right?


    For some unknown reason my download speeds from certain websites are terribly slow.

    One example is video downloads from the site www. videobox .com

    I have been a member for a long time, four weeks ago through my cable connection of 10Mbs I was achieving download speeds of between 150KB/Sec to 400 KB/Sec

    The best I have achieved in the last three days is 9.4 KB/Sec !!!!! :confused::confused::confused:

    Couple this with other websites I use, which are also HORRIFICALLY slow on content download.

    Now even when I try and stream conent from sites such as Youtube or similar, my download speeds of HORRIFIC!

    Which is why Im totally lost!

    The speed test suggests I have amazing download speeds,

    But when I come to actually download any conent from the web, BOOM, it's slower than dialup!

    Also, the strange thing is my Laptop is getting better speeds, but not by much. From Videobox or youtube or similar, content download speeds seem to be around 25 to 30KB/Sec, which is still very slow, but not as slow as the desktop...

    Please help me.......

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