Why am I getting a slow download speed?
Question: so this isn't your normal question... im paying for a 1MB/s download speed connection through direcpath (satellite) when I go to dslreports.com it registers in usually around 900-950 kb/s but when downloading anything online (p2p, web browser, download manager, even updates from windows) im only getting a max of 120kb/s ive had the modem reset several times... called to ask about it, they cant find anything to tell me.... does anyone know how to explain whats going on? oh well im sure its not my computer or other hardware as its a fairly new quad core pavilion with 8gbs of ram and ive seen speeds up to 5-6mb/s on other networks and up to 2.5mb/s from this very setup just for a few seconds after they 'reset' my modem parameters from the customer services location... so im going to try what daniel wrote and ill get right back to you guys! thanks for the help and suggestions! okay so I researched a short bit, and as I have windows 7 64bit, I don't have any access or options for gpedit... could find out whether there was another way for me to gain access to this through something else or not, but im assuming not.... if there's any other suggestions, im wide open...
Best Answers: Why am I getting a slow download speed?
Tried closing every other program but the program you're downloading with? And this seems like a shot in the dark, but perhaps you're on lowband? Although I assume that wouldn't be the case since you called the customer's service...
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...
Go to Start-> Run-> and type gpedit.msc Expand the Administrative Templates branch Expand the Network tab Highlight QoS Packet Scheduler Click on Limit Reservable Bandwidth and check the ‘enabled’ box Then Change the Bandwidth limit % to 0 % Once you’ve done this click apply and restart your PC. After rebooting you should see a noticeable improvement in your net speed.
Defrag your hard drive, run any spyware programs to clean out any spyware (I use IOBIT software. It's free, and can check for spyware), and check for any viruses. (I use AVG anti spyware. That, too, is free.) To defrag your HD, right-click on "C:\", and select "Properties". Click the "Tools" tab along the top, and click "Defragment Now ... ". Then follow the on-screen prompts. Good luck.
Be sure to check your firewall.... If using Utorrent... Just goto options and set it on Unlimted Download and 60 for upload.... Another thing maybe to update your RAM~~~ Maybe your PC can't handle these speeds??!! Could be many things... Goto TigerDirect and buy an expensive Router/Modem and be sure to plug into T-1 or A-1........ Hope this helps a little Thanks
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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