Where's my bandwidth gone!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sunfast, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. sunfast macrumors 68020

    sunfast

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    For some reason my internet connection at home has slowed to a crawl.

    Is there anything I can do to check this out?

    None of my housemates are using it, I'm not downloading anything, and it's secured so noody else should be using it either.

    Any advice guys?
     
  2. simontarr macrumors 6502

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    Try restarting the router (if you use one)
    We're on a crappy phone line here, so the router needs rebooting most mornings. I find after a reboot, its good as usual!

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Is your ISP experiencing any difficulties or performing any upgrades in your neighborhood?

    I don't know any off the top of my head, but you could try going to one of those websites which tests your Internet speed and see what that comes back with...
     
  4. iGary Guest

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    Pr0n not downloading quickly enough? :confused: :D
     
  5. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Been there, done that iGary? :p :D
     
  6. iGary Guest

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    Most definitely. Comcast Cable is the only way to go.
     
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Glad you found a solution that worked. ;)
     
  8. sunfast thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It's a constant worry, yes. :p

    Will try restarting the old girl
     
  9. GITANAJAVA macrumors regular

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    A favorite "urban legend" from our local coffee house and Wi-Fi pit stop: a group of us regulars have noticed reception and signal strength is speedy and abundant, no matter how many of us are laptopping, UNTIL the chaps from the cable company park their truck nearby at a new shopping center. Suddenly, everything crawls -- or outright bails to a flatline -- until they leave after their meal break. :confused:
     
  10. sunfast thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Some real thread resurrection here - but this problem persists!

    My macbook browses the internet at dial up speed whereas my G4 iMac (right next to it) flies. Both connected wirelessly. I really can't work it out. Any thoughts :confused:
     
  11. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Are you using some torrent (or other p2p) apps? If so you're ISP might be to blame, many have started to choke torrent users... Try restarting your router/dsl modem and run without the torrent apps (or just restart if you don't use torrent) for a while and see if the problem persists...
     
  12. sunfast thread starter macrumors 68020

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    No, I'm not torrenting - just doing things like checking email, eBay, MR :rolleyes:, etc
     
  13. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Then I would definitively contact the ISP and ask what's going on...

    Do they have a web page or something where you can look for downtime, repairs being made and other interruptions...?
     
  14. sunfast thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Where I get confused though is that I can browse on my iMac at full speed and not on my MacBook. My flatmates have no speed issues either (though one of them is always getting kicked off). It's all very bizarre!
     
  15. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    How are the various computers connected to the router?
     
  16. sunfast thread starter macrumors 68020

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    All wirelessly. I get full speed if I turn off my Airport card and plug in directly though - I've been doing this when I've had to do any downloading!
     
  17. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    If warm restarting the router doesn't help, try unplugging it. If that doesn't help, find the firmware reset button. In troubleshooting problems like this, I find it's helpful to try bypassing the router by connecting a Mac directly to the modem. This should help you narrow down the source of the problem.
     
  18. jwp1964 macrumors regular

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    Since I downloaded the latest Airport Update I've been having random slow downs on my download speeds on my C2D MB:confused: I wonder if others are having problems since the software update.
     
  19. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    I had that problem! Except my connection would drop on my CD MacBook. I have a mini and it flies (didn't install airport update). I had to reinstall OS X :mad: to get the MacBook back to normal.
     
  20. sunfast thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I really hope that's not the case! Never reinstalled OS X before so hope I don't have to now :(
     
  21. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    The only thing I can think of is if there's some serious interferences nearby, like other wifi nets and some of the machines have enabled interference robustness and some haven't. :confused:
     
  22. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    This is unlikely to be necessary, or to help. Have you tried the other suggestions?
     
  23. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    Sad to say that actually happened. Reinstalling OS X is painless (compared to Windows. Vista's install is finally GUI based a la OS X.)

    I knew it was the update and not anything else (router, cable modem etc) is because my mini and my cube are working perfectly via wireless without the update.

    Unfortunatly, Apple doesn't have an uninstaller for their software updates.
     
  24. sunfast thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I've tried unplugging the router several times. I'm loth to reset the firmware as this will mean setting it all up again. Why should it only affect my Mb though and not all the other computers?
     
  25. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    I'm living proof that it worked. I would try to explore every other viable option too before reinstalling OS X, but I personally couldn't find one.
     

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