iBook G4- wireless is SLOW.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Hidendra, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

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    It's not the router, I know that..

    On speedtest.net to Montreal I get around 4-5mbps download usually. On another laptop, I get 15-18mbps. laptops are side-by-side. It also randomly will stop working (ie in Firefox it'll take a minute to open a page (that's just doing the hostname lookup.. I use free DNS servers, my ISP's were slow.)

    Any reason why the airport extreme card is extremely slow? Also, when I do a direct ethernet connect, it's also slow... ?
    I did get 11 mbps a long time ago, I never seemed to get that again. I am using 10.4.11, 1.2ghz, 768mb ram. I do the speedtest when basically nothing is running (Adium/Skype is all pretty much).


    Thanks!
     
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    Vulcan

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    Same as my PowerBook, I'm wondering if there is a solution to this as well.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Regarding the DNS lookups, are you sure you've chosen good alternate DNS's if your ISP ones are not good?

    Regarding the rest, it doesn't sound right to me. I don't have my iBook G4 anymore, but its speeds under Tiger were much more along expectations than that.

    Hmmm... here are some thoughts.

    - If this is happening on both Airport and Ethernet, then you've already ruled out things like problems related to the encryption standard. But I will ask one more router-side one, anyways, because its a thing that Windows and OS X may respond to differently. What's your router's DHCP lease duration? Try adjusting it to make it longer, and also make sure OS X isn't letting the DHCP lease expire (in the TCP/IP settings). Also, although much less likely if you don't have these problems with other computers, if your router is obtaining a DHCP lease from a modem, make sure it's set to keep renewing it / keep it alive. This is a problem with DSL particularly sometimes.

    - Now on the Mac, go and check your IPv6 settings. If IPv6 is turned on, see how it performs with it disabled. This might help quite a lot.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes. I use them on my linux box and other laptop - they are fast.

    I don't use DHCP. It's manually configured static ip (for port forwarding). I do not use DSL, I use cable.

    Not much of a difference with it off :/
     
  5. macrumors member

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    im not sure what your problem is exactly but if the computer is still in warranty or applecare, bring it down to a genius bar and have them fix it. :D
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    This this issue isolated to your home network, have your tried out a friend or family members network?

    Ignoring what the speed testing states, have you tried a like for like download?

    How about from Mac > 2nd Computer, then from 2nd Computer > Mac... Same transfer speeds?

    EDIT: Same issue with a wried set-up?
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, same issue with wired. I can get 200-300kbps for download. On the other laptop for the same downloads I can easily get 1mbps+
    Transfer speeds between computers are slow as well.

    Is this somehow a hardware issue or os x having a problem? I could install linux - been meaning to install arch or something similar on this for a while now, and see if speeds are any better. Or at least try it in a live environment for now.
     

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