Webpages loading slow on a wired connection

Discussion in 'macOS' started by brainwave89, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. brainwave89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2006
    I have a Mac Pro (2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon - 1GB RAM) whose 250GB hd has 167GB of free space. Running Leopard 10.5.2. - this is through a wired connection.
    Webpages have been running slow before the 10.5.2 update but I finally would enjoy doing something about it. I have a Qwest 1.5Mbs connection that runs through a Linksys WRT54G router.
    As an example, when I load cnn.com on Firefox it took 22 seconds to load. Safari took 25 seconds. On Opera it took 25 seconds. I rarely use Opera, seldom use Safari, I mainly use Firefox which is running 8 extensions. On my wired PC (Pentium 4 3.00GHz w/ 1GB Ram running xp) it took 4 seconds to load cnn.com on Firefox that has over 23 extensions.

    Yogatoday.com offers online classes. When I open it on any of the 3 browsers on the Mac Pro the video will freeze and sometimes get going again. Sometimes it will stop and never start again. On the PC it works flawlessly.

    When I do speed test at speedtest.net the download speeds are the same around 910kb/s and the upload speeds are around 225kps on the Mac. On the PC download speed is the same and the upload speed is 316.

    Any suggestions on how to increase the speed would be appreciated.
  2. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    First thing is to look for firmware update on the Linksys.

    If that doesn't go, In Terminal type:

    sudo ifconfig en0 mtu 1300

    and see if pages load faster.
  3. brainwave89 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2006
    Thank you Amdahl. I will do both tonight and will update you later.
  4. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    I havea qwest modem and sometimes it takes exactly 5 seconds before a webpage responds and starts loading (meaning I will clikc a link or type a URL and then after 5 seconds it will finally start downloading the page). It can really snowball if the webpage has redirects or has a lot of off-site stuff embedded in it since it adds 5 seconds for each new URL it tries to access (hotmail can take almost a minute to finally get to the inbox because of all the redirects).

    The way I fix it is just by resetting the modem. Eventually it will come back and I'll have to reset it again. This never happens in Windows.
  5. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    That sounds like a DNS timeout problem. Perhaps if you manually set your DNS server in Network Preferences, it would go away permanently. OpenDNS provides their servers: and

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