Slow torrent/download speeds with MacBook Pro

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  1. de93 macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I recently purchased my first Mac computer, a MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo processor. I receive free internet included in my apartment rent, and I don't use a router, instead I simply plug into the wall. I previously used a Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista and there was no problems. I am not very knowledgeable about computers really, especially when it comes to the internet. I need advice on how to speed my downloads, but speak to me like you would 2 y/o. :p

    I have searched various forums and other Google results looking for an answer, but I can't seem to find anything that applies to me or I can understand. I'm currently using Transmission for torrents and Safari for browsing, but my general internet connection outside of downloads seems to be fine.

    I have tried using other torrent programs and browsers, but nothing changed. The various torrents I've attempted have had plenty of seeders, but this downloading problem also applies to updates and other things, not just torrents.

    I've seen people to open their ports using websites like PortFoward, but since I'm connected through ethernet, directly into a wall outlet, it doesn't really help me.

    I simply don't know what to do and I can't find information that's "dumb" enough for me to grasp. I'm having enough trouble becoming aquainted with operation of Macs without all this internet business.
     
  2. wywern209 macrumors 65832

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    can you go to speedtest.net and run a test? It could be that your internet is not fast enough.
     
  3. de93 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    [​IMG]

    The internet works fine on my Toshiba/Windows Vista computer.
     
  4. LaLLLy macrumors member

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    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAA. I'm sorry. But I actually lol'd at that.
     
  5. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    Which browser? The download speed is CRAZY slow. :eek:

    Try Safari and Firefox to see if there is a difference.
     
  6. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    Judging from your Speedtest.net results, you have either a superslow internet connection or serious problems with your Mac's ethernet.
    How do you have it set in the System Preferences pane, Network Advanced?
    My Speedtest.net results are from Kyoto to the Tokyo server, a 6-7 hour drive on the freeways! Using Fiber optic connection. These results were obtained in the middle of a busy workday.
     

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  7. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    thats flippin high...do you even need that much ul/dl speed lol
     
  8. Jazojas12 macrumors regular

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    The U.S. is far behind in internet speeds :(
     
  9. mulo, Sep 1, 2010
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    haha yes
    this is the internet at my house, its some of the slowest - and cheapest I can get
    [​IMG]
     
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  11. mulo macrumors 68020

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    I would cry if I had that.
     
  12. moodor macrumors newbie

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    Dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. What speed are you paying for? There's no point in downloading or streaming anything at that low speed.
     
  13. de93 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here's an updated speed test from this morning.

    [​IMG]

    I've tried Firefox and Chrome, but neither seemed faster. I'm having problems with torrents too, which aren't through the browser. I have a Toshiba laptop on the same desk, and I can plug the ethernet cable into it and get much faster downloads.

    The internet here isn't the greatest, but it performs better on the Toshiba, so there must be a problem with MBP.

    Network advanced is currently set:

    Configure: Manually
    Speed: 100baseTX
    Duplex: full-duplex
    MTU: Custom (set to 1452)

    These setting have been changed a few times as I was reading through forums looking for an answer, I have no idea what any of that means.
     
  14. xlii macrumors 68000

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    The OPs internet is most likely shared with everyone in the apartment building Probably fed from one central box in the building. Check with one of your neigbors to see if their speed is also slow.
     
  15. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    Hey OP, could you maybe run Speedtest.net on your windows laptop and see what you get? That would help us figure out whether it is the mac or your internet connection in general.

    To all you people here comparing internet speeds.
    This is in Denver, CO, USA.
     

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  16. de93 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here's with the MacBook Pro:

    [​IMG]

    I will edit in just a moment on the Toshiba.

    Here's the Toshiba:

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    It looks like it was faster on the MBP, but then why are torrents and other downloads taking so much longer than it does on the Toshiba? The connection is roughly the same, and I'm not doing anything differently. It took the MBP all night to download an update for iTunes.

    What's the problem? I don't know what any of these numbers mean.

    EDIT: I should also add that general browsing seems about the same. It's not super fast or anything, but does the trick. I have to wait awhile to stream things, but that's manageable. I don't have insanely long download times with the Toshiba though, although they are by no means lightning speed. Everything seems fine, except downloads like torrents and mediafire.com links and that sort of thing.
     
  17. mulo macrumors 68020

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    your moments must be longer then mine, checked back 7 times so far :p
     
  18. de93 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You checked 7 times in 10 minutes? I'm glad you're so eager to help me out. :p
     
  19. mulo macrumors 68020

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    mahh I'd describe myself as incredibly impatient :p
     
  20. mulo macrumors 68020

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    ping is how long it takes you to connect to a server.
    the others are how much data you can transfer in a given amount of time.

    basically I wouldn't expect anything out of these specs, I'd be surprised if they allowed me to view a web page before the request timed out...

    all I can suggest is an a lot faster internet connection.
    until then there really is no leg room to trouble shoot anything that has do with the the network.

    and yes, an iTunes update would take that long on that setup.
     
  21. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

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    :eek: look at that ping!
     
  22. mulo macrumors 68020

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    fiber optics :)

    [​IMG]
    this is me testing through VPN to amsterdam (bout a 4 hour flight from here)
    still ping is good, I play SCII CSS WoW and stuff this way with no issues :)
     
  23. HikariYuki macrumors member

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    Man I want me some fiber optics lol here's mine on my MBP.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. mulo macrumors 68020

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    friend of mine runs a server type deal from his house.
    they have 1/1GBit/s, same ISP as me - "Me want!" - well no, its just insane
     

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