Download speed issue

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by TheyCallMeNun, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. TheyCallMeNun macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2014
    So I have been downloading a few thing on the macbook pro I just bought. A couple torrents, programs and apps from the app store. With every download I've been thinking, damn this is slow. right now Im downloading CIV 5 and its 4g download and it originally said it would take an hour and a half. Does that seem right? Does the computer govern download speeds some how, or am I just being impatient? I attached an image with specs and the CIV download in the background. thanks for any help.


    SIDENOTE. It may be the POS router from verizon... but the speeds fluctuate up and down it now says its got 2 hours to download 2 gigs now
  2. allthingsapple macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    Have you done a ping test to the router to determine your current internet speed?
  3. TheyCallMeNun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2014
    no Ive never done that before can you link me to a step by step?

    Thanks for a quick reply
  4. allthingsapple macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    Find network utility, it's in the utilities folder. Open it up and click on the ping tab. enter in the ip network address. Should be on your router. it's normally either or but check the back or base of your router to be sure. Click the option that says unlimited number of pings, then click ping. As the results start coming in look at the right hand side of the entries and they should have a reply time in ms (milliseconds). this is how long your router is taking to service your request. If you are seeing results this tells you the connection between your mac an router are fine. To determine your isp speed simply open a browser window and use speediest or something similar.
  5. TheyCallMeNun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2014
    When I do the test and it shows that I'm not having good connection, how can I increase the connection. A new router? (which I bought a nice new Cisco Linksys, just haven't hooked it up yet.) or is it something with the computer, because my windows 8 laptop doesnt seem to have this problem
  6. allthingsapple macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    Check the firewall settings on your router. Connect to your router with an ethernet cable. open up a browser window and type in the ip network address that is on your router. There should also be a username and password printed on the router. When the page has loaded up use the username and password to access your router settings. There should be something like a security section in the router settings and firewall options. Disable the firewall but if you use a password on your network, leave it enabled. If you're still having problems after this process, then check with your isp to see if there are any known problems on their network.
  7. mspman macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    FWIW, I've noticed periods of painfully slow internet download speeds at times. It doesn't seem to matter what network I'm attached to, it's something I've noticed since I upgraded to Mavericks in general, not 10.9.1 specifically.

    I also had to apply an update to my Cisco VPN client to work with Mavericks. It was an interesting problem - the connection would work fine for a few minutes and then die. I could see the speeds gradually decrease too.. really weird. I feel as if I notice the same behavior surfing the general internet at times.
  8. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    I have also noticed this.

    If I'm trying to load a page in Safari on my MBP and doing something on my iPhone or tablet on the internet also, they are slow until I close (Command - Q) Safari, then those devices load whatever. Weird.

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