Stange internet speed, my fault or ISP's?

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  1. gifi4
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    gifi4 How am I a 'New Member'?

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    Just browsing the net and everything and the speed just dropped like hell, to confirm it, I tried to download a few anime files from direct downloads, I got under 3kb 0.o

    Cleared my cache, tried other browsers, restarted pc, released and renewed IP using command prompt, nothing seemed to work, then I tried opening uTorrent and waddya know, a torrent with only a few peers downloaded at 200kbps after being on for a min or so.

    Tried a browser again, and yet, incredibly slow speed, tried a download from MU and not even 1kb, 5 mins later the browsers speed is back to normal...

    Just curious here,
    If it was the ISP's fault, why the hell was uTorrent working correctly?
    If the problem was on my end, what caused it?
     
  2. Sir-Fritz

    Sir-Fritz GBAtemp Maniac

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    Do they bandwidth restrict http?
     
  3. gifi4
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    gifi4 How am I a 'New Member'?

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    Nope...they only restrict me when I use up 50GB on peak plus I have an extra 70 for off peak.
     
  4. Saken

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    Did you check your usage?
     
  5. gifi4
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    gifi4 How am I a 'New Member'?

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    Yeah, of course, it's only on 35% (17-18GB used) and AFAIK it would have nothing to do with the usage if the speed went back to normal...
     
  6. gifi4
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    gifi4 How am I a 'New Member'?

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    Anyone?
     
  7. I2aven's_Sag

    I2aven's_Sag GBATemp Otaku

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    Try your internet/downloading at a non-peak time, like 3:00 a.m. or something [​IMG]. Sounds like it's probably your ISP.
     
  8. ferdi-t

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    One thing I always do when I want to determine if the fault is with the download service, or with my isp:

    - Try googling for the phrase 100mb.bin. You'll get a number of hits, so pick any of them. Download the file to your desktop to determine the speed you get.
    - You could also try downloading Ubuntu and burning it to a cd, then booting your pc without installing it, then running some tests again. If everything's fine within Ubuntu, then you know that you have to search within Windows for the solution.
    - Oh, and make sure to powercycle your modem and router too. Fixing a speed issue could be as simple as unplugging your gear for 15 seconds.

    Please let me know if this was of any help to you. [​IMG]
     
  9. bowser

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    I'm having the exact same problem as the OP. Browsing is dead slow but uTorrent downloads are just fine. uTorrent speeds go up to 200KB/s but browser downloads are ~7KB/s. WTF? Powered down the modem, router, UPS, computer, the works. But nothing helped.
     
  10. ferdi-t

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    Could be your ISP, but it doesn't seem likely. Try an Ubuntu live-cd for testing purposes. If you get a great speed there, then it's your Windows which is lost in the woods.
     
  11. tigers_ran

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    If your connecting to your internet using a wireless modem make sure there is no microwave between your PC/laptop and your modem. Turning the microwave on reduces my download speed to about 1kbps. I can't confirm this, but I think other appliances such as fridges do the same.
     
  12. LORD_NIGHTMARE

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    OP, i know the exact issue
    the physical connections between 'us' and the outgoing fiber optic bundle in Darwin has been cut due to the floods and cyclone. (the cables themselves are fine, we just don't have any exchange centers.) the exact same issue is happening to everyone nationwide. melbourne is one of the least effected but we still feel the impact.
    environmental conditions are at fault, not you nor the isp.

    edit: wow. my name is in all caps like that? makes me look like a 13 year old
     
  13. dysan

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    what the.....I'm having the EXACT same issue as gifi4 for the last 10 days or so and I can't find what's causing it!

    I don't have any appliances in between the modem and pc and as far as I know we haven't been hit by any natural disasters lately.

    and I'm also a million miles away from all you people....could this be a world-wide conspiracy?! [​IMG]
     
  14. Originality

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    Sometimes slow/unstable HTTP/FTP is due to problems with the router. Simply resetting the router can clear it up.
     
  15. ferdi-t

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    I wouldn't call it a conspiracy, more like a coincidence. Problems like this happen all the time and statistically most problems lie within the confines of the home of the user. Again... Use an Ubuntu live-cd to determine in which direction you would have to start looking to find the problem. [​IMG]
     
  16. GundamXXX

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    Whats your ISP? certain aussie ISP's are known for "squeezing" the lines
     
  17. ferdi-t

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    Traffic shaping happens everywhere, but doesn't seem likely in this case. That would mean that the ISP would leave torrent-traffic untouched and squeeze http. Usually when traffic-shaping occurs, it's the other way around.