Way slow broadband

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Mala, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. Mala macrumors 6502

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    I'm having awful problems with lack of speed on my wireless broadband. I'm wondering if it might conceivably be a setting on my computer that's the problem.

    Here's my system: I have a G4 15" PowerBook running Panther. I'm using mostly Safari and Eudora. The broadband comes from an antenna on the roof pointed at the Guinness tower in Dublin.

    I downloaded Speed Download to try to measure the kind of speeds I'm getting, and it's showing my download speeds as an average of about 5k/s for a game demo I downloaded, and then after my broadband provider tweaked my settings, about 27k/s from the Apple site for...something, not sure what it was. iCal maybe.

    The support guy in my provider found that he could push 220k/s through my system - but meanwhile from this end my system is as slow as ever. He's calling in the big guns - but on the other hand, I don't want to waste their time if it's possible that the problem is with my computer's settings or system.

    Is there anything I should do to speed the system's connection to the internet?
     
  2. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    Alabama
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    Probably not you.
    I have wireless also. There were only two times I EVER had any problems is when I patched everything into a 100BT hub. For some reason it wouldn't allow the free flow of packets and I was losing 10-30%. Once I switched to a router all was fine. If you are plugged directly from the converter to your Mac, it is NOT you.
    Second, I was having some connection issues and it was found that my channel was incorrect, that some crossover noise was being generated. I went from ch 11 to 9 and it now flies. I get 2,500 down (!) and 500 up.
    My guess is it's the channel. Or maybe there is a lag when it has to translate from english to irish! :)
     
  3. Mala thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Les, thanks for this. They've speeded up my service a fair bit, but it's still not *super* fast yet. I'll call what you said to my provider's attention.
     

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