maximizing wireless download speed

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  1. sophisaur macrumors member

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    I'm using airport with a D-link router and Charter DSL..yet my download speed for limewire is around 50 kb/s. Is there a way to get faster downloading speed? And what factors are involved in the speed anyway? I'm a bit of a nub :eek:
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Try downloading a file using your browser, from your ISP's website or somewhere that'll definitely get you a good connection. How does this maximum speed compare?
     
  3. sophisaur thread starter macrumors member

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    How may I do that? The download status bar of Shiira doesn't tell you the speed..

    If it helps, youtube videos don't really stream seamlessly either..
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Try using Safari then. You may need to expand the Download window to ensure it can fit the speed data in. :)
     
  5. sophisaur thread starter macrumors member

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    DLing on safari was 11kb/s and gradually increased to 40kb/s
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, so I'm guessing this was form a good site? What speed is your internet connection rated at? :)
     
  7. sophisaur thread starter macrumors member

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    er..D..SL?
    heh..I'm sorry, not quite sure what you mean :eek:
     
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  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Your internet provider will have given you a set of details pertaining to the speed of your connection. The download speed will probably read something like 512kbps where the 512 is your speed. Does this ring a bell? :)

    Do you have other machines connected to the same internet modem that are getting faster transfer speeds?
     
  10. sophisaur thread starter macrumors member

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    356 kps dl
    57 kps ul

    Mad Jew-I'm sorry..since I neither ordered nor pay for my cable, I still am not sure how to get the info you asked for.. :/
     
  11. n8236 macrumors 65816

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    1) Try to place ur wireless router at a convenient place where obstruction by objects is minimized (that goes for your laptop use areas too). Thus move it accordingly.

    2) Try not to have the router placed near other electrical devices that can emit interferrence (ie cordless phones, tv, etc)

    3) Use http://www.istumbler.net/downloads/istumbler.html and determine what's the least used channel ranges around your proxmity and use that channel for your wireless router. This software is proven to work very well and I have used it myself and at many of my friend's homes to improve their network speeds. Do not use channel 1, typically not good. I have seen my dl speed improve up to 30% once I changed to the least used channels.

    Gl
     
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Follow n8236's excellent advice to maximise your wireless internet speeds.

    However, 50K/s may actually be your maximum. If you lose the wireless router and connect with an ethernet cable, what sort of download speeds do you achieve? Don't use LimeWire as a gauge because it can vary so much, but download a file from a reputable server instead. :)
     
  13. n8236 macrumors 65816

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    I reread your question and here's a little more.

    Try to use a reputable p2p program, a lot of people use bit torrents nowadays and they are usually pretty reliable.

    The one I suggest is Azureus univeral binary for the ppc. You have to play around w/ it a bit, it has some minor inconveniences that needs ironing out, but i like it best because it provides a large list of trackers for faster download. It also tests to make sure the required ports are open for increased ul/dl speeds.
    The program has been around for awhile and its used widely.

    If you are required to go into your router's settings and forward ports, look for vpn (virtual private network) or port forwarding options and menus and set it open. You can find more info from bt sites regarding how to do this.

    Assuming you opened the required ports, the dl speed could still be slow due to large swarms. You have to keep in mind there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of people wanting to dl fast, so imo 50 kB/s isn't bad at all. Also, increasing your upload speed would obviously help :)

    If you want easy and painless access to dl, pay for news groups. They usually go for 13-15 bux a month and dls at theoritical 1 MB/s. My dls are @ 800-900 kB/s :D
     
  14. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    whoops, someone needs to learn to use the edit button!
     
  15. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    I second the newsgroups.
    Easynews is only 9.95/mo for 20 gigs of downloads.

    Only my college network I was pulling down around 3 MB/sec :D

    You can also fill out a two second survey every 3 or 4 days and get an extra 512MB added each time!
     

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