Fast Download Speed But Very Slow Browsing

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bencw, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. bencw macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    Hi, I'm not sure if many others have found this problem but my internet has been suffering recently.
    I took a speed test on which stated that my download speed was 9.7mbps which is what I'm paying for, but still my browsing speed is ridiculously slow on all websites.
    I've tried using firefox and chrome but they all seem to be having the same problem.
    I am connected by ethernet as airport has full connection but can't seem to load anything. I have also tried to configure my ethernet connection manually as i read that this would help the issue.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Do you have a program running that currently uploads something?

    Btw, what Mac OS X version and what specific MacBook do you have?

    Also MRoogle might help you in between.
  3. bencw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    I'm pretty sure I have nothing else running except for my browser.
    As for my OS, I'm running 10.5.8 on a Macbook 4,1

    Thanks :)
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Then take a look at Activity Monitor > Network and see if something currently uploads (Data sent/sec).

    If that is not the case, you could reset Safari, Firefox and Chrome.

    Btw, what kind of network setup do you have?
  5. bencw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    There doesn't appear to be anything uploading at a regular pace, just 200 or so bytes every now and then.
    As for resetting, I've only just downloaded Firefox after resetting Safari and that didn't appear to help at all :(
    Would it have anything to do with DNS servers? I've just started to create a OpenDNS account, I read this might help my problem.
    My Macbook is connected to a router. There's a laptop also connected to the router wirelessly running Windows 7 which doesn't appear to be having the same problem so I'm guessing it must be the settings on my Mac?

  6. jph108 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2011

    I know this thread is very old but I am experiencinng the same problem and wondering if you ever found a solution.

    Thanks for any insights.
  7. session101 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT

    your upload is a bigger factor than your download

    i would try to kill as many programs in the background as a test, then you can do each one by one with running the test to see which is the one giving you problems...

    on the more expensive hand... it could be your router

    are you wired or wireless...? do you use a router or connect off the modem?

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