Why is my dial-up download speed so slow?
Question: I have a 56k modem on my laptop, and our ISP (Quantum Connections) supposedly provides 56k dial-up service, and that is what we pay for. However, my download speed MAXES OUT at 2.7kbs, and is normally around 1.2kbs. Now, I live out in the sticks, so is it possible that the phone lines are just so old that they are unable to handle a higher speed? Or is there something wrong with my computer settings. I'm running Windows 7 and have never really messed with network settings so far. Thanks!
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One of the reasons no one was pleased with their dial-up connection, back in the day when it was popular, it's because dial-up is pretty unstable. It never tops out at a constant speed. There will be days when it's "fast" and others when it's going to be so slow. It also depends where you live, If you live in a rural ares your connection is more likely to be flawed. I used to experience a lot of issues regarding my internet speed when broadband was a rather new technology. It's not dangerous to assume that your internet is slow due to bad maintenance in the phone lines or high traffic. Don't change your network settings that would only make it worse. My advice for you would be get a broadband connection, but if your geographic location prevents you from doing so, you should get a satellite internet.
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If you have lousy phone lines and there is a lot of noise on the line your dial up speed will be slow and you may suffer a ;ot of disconnects take your computer to a place with wifi such as starbucks and ensure your settings are proper
Your realized download speeds are correct. Internet speeds are measured in bits per second (bps). The results you get from speedtest is the speed in bps. However, in the real world files are not measured in bits, they are measured in Bytes, KiloBytes, MegaBytes, etc. So, when downloading actual files, your download speeds will be much lower. There are 8 Bits in a Byte There are 1024 Bytes in a Kilobyte There are 1024 Kilobytes in a Megabyte There are 1024 Megabytes in a Gigabyte etc... For example if you have a 2 Mbps Internet connection, it downloads at approximately 244 KB/s.(Kilobytes per second) Server loads and overhead can drive this speed much lower as described below. The speed and load on the server you are uploading to or downloading from also has to be accounted for. There is much overhead involved. The web server may be located in China. There may be 10,000 people simultaneously trying to access the same web server. Your connection may have to be routed through 15 or 20 hops (different locations) to reach the server, etc. Online torrents and game download servers such as STEAM are notorious for being extremely slow. They have thousands of users sharing the limited speed. Each user gets a small portion of the total speed. A rough estimate of actual download or upload speed can be made by dividing your Internet connection speed in bps by 10. For example a 20 Mbps cable Internet connection downloads at approximately 2 MB/s. I wrote an article http://isp1.us/article/internet-speeds/ that explains Internet download speeds in much more detail. Your Internet connection may be much faster than 1.8 Mbps. A poor WiFi signal can slow your connection immensely. Wireless signals are affected by many factors including distance, wall density, electrical interference, directional antenna range, etc. All of these factors will affect your actual wireless range, speed and connection quality. For serious gaming or video streaming your best bet is a direct Ethernet cable connection. Ethernet is unaffected by wireless interference and will give you a rock solid, stable network connection with very low latency (ping). If it is not feasible to run Ethernet cable the next best option would be a set of powerline network adapters http://isp1.us/reviews/netgear-xavb2101-powerline-adapter/ You plug one in by your router and one in the room where you need access and connect them to the devices with standard Ethernet patch cables. The network signals are transmitted over your existing home electrical wiring which will not be affected by wireless interference. There is still overhead in the connection but it is much more stable than WiFi. Try a speed test from a laptop or PC directly connected to the router via a Ethernet cable to see how much speed you are giving up for the convenience of a wireless connection. Remember, even if you use a Gigabit network such as Google fiber https://fiber.google.com/about/ that can transfer at a maximum of 1,000,000,000 bits per second, which equates to 1000 Mbps, you are still limited by the speed of the download server which could be as slow as molasses. Good Luck...
I don't know but I used to be a Dial Up User and belive me 56k is nothing, dial up is too slow to even load a youtube video between 5 minutes. Do yourself a favor and get high speed internet and if your unable just get "HUGHES NET" which is satillite internet.
Apart from having sufficient RAM and processing speed below are the few tips to deal with slow internet: 1. Try and user Google chrome Its light weight and fast you can get it for free from the following URL http://www.google.com/chrome 2. Download any good System Cleaner such as Reginout from Intel Software Directory (http://ibx.intel.com/directory/ ) to clear Browser history and cache because when the cache gets full, your browsing will slow down. 3. Make sure system is free of Mal wares and viruses use Avast free and Malware Bytes (FREE) 4. Sometimes your DNS server is not fast enough you can experiment with some third party DNS server Such as OpenDNS http://www.opendns.com. I tested this with two ISP connections found it very useful with One of them, didn’t get much difference in case of second ISP. 5. Always try and use a download manager. There are many free options available 6. Make sure your system firewall in enable and managed to stop unwanted internet traffic You can control access of programs to internet using windows Firewall
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