Problems with internet speed - but only on my MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jbrown, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2002
    Hi All

    15" Retina Macbook Pro 2.6 ( 2012 ). OSX 10.10.1

    Virgin Media 30mb broadband UK

    My connection speeds, specifically downloads, seems to be both slow and erratic,
    but this seems to apply to my MBPr only. It will normally go at a slugs pace, with the occasionally speeds up to normal before going back to be slow.

    So I ran and got these results ( see pics ).

    I then ran the same test on the other devices in my house connected to the same ISP. My iPad Air, my iPhone 6,
    and my girlfriends MacbookPro 13" ( 2011 ). They all got back much more respectable speeds - with the download
    speeds in the 22Mbps region.

    So what could it be?

    Many thanks.

    All advice gratefully received :):)

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  2. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    #2 is not 100% reliable.

    Could be a frequency issue.
    I recommend restarting and updating your router.
    Then try to test the download speed wihout any other devices connected to it.
    Also try to connect directly via ethernet.
  3. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2002
    I know Speedtest isn't 100% but indicative of whats going on.

    Also just regular usage shows theres an issue - Youtube is virtually unusable.

    Restarted router - a few times just to make sure.

    No ethernet socket on the MBP.

    So what would it be specifically to do with my MBP?

  4. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Hard to say.
    Have you checked that there are no other machines interfering?
    Have you checked your macbook with another router/network?
  5. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Any 3rd party applications running that could be using bandwidth?
    • iTunes Match
    • Dropbox, carbonite, or other cloud backups
    • iCloud?

    Is it connected to the correct wireless network?

    What other local network traffic do you have currently? Does Activity monitor show anything using your Wireless network besides your web browser?
  6. Deth macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2014
    South of heaven
    Do you check on activity monitor?
    thats the easier way to see what is your network doing and how fast.
    if you are not doing anything then the network screen should show no activity except for the ping thing or whatever, that way you can check if some app is taking your bandwidth, also if you put a lot of thing to load at the same time you can see when it reaches the max of the band so you can actually compare the power with the other computer without have to relay on online testers that sometimes just don't work really right.

    Is this a wireless connection or a wired one?
    Wifi issues may be a different thing.

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