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Internet speed is slow

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#1 Devesh93


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 08:29 AM

I have got Windows XP SP3 and an internet connection of speed 256 kbps. I get download speeds of only 20-30 kbps and when I run speed tests at speedtest.net, I get a download speed of 108 kbps. Please help.

It is a DSL line with a fibre optics cable.
There is just a router.
The router connects through Ethernet.
I have 4GB of memory installed in my PC.

Sorry for the incomplete info.

Edited by Devesh93, 29 March 2009 - 09:54 AM.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 08:49 AM


You haven't said how you connect to the internet.
Are you using dial-up or broadband? If broadband, is it DSL via cable or your telephone line?
What type of modem do you have? Is it a router or just a modem? Are you using a wireless connection?
How does your modem or router connect to your PC, via ethernet or USB?
How much memory do you have fitted in your PC?
If you could answer these questions it will help in trying to provide you with an answer to your problem. :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 11:31 AM

256 kbps = kilo bits per second, thats your DSL speed
(it may vary depending on load on your isp server, distance from their server to your house, line quality etc)

Now 1 byte = 8 bits

so, we find that 256 kilobits per second = 256/8 = 32 kilobytes per second

so when you download a file it shows 20-30 kbytes/second which is correct.

Although it should be ideally 32 kbytes/s, but download speeds vary on various factors as I have already mentioned. So usally its around 25-32 kbytes/s
You will find speeds lower at daytime and a bit higher at night time.

You run DSL test you get download speed of 108 kbps. Again this varies depending on which test on using which server is being done. Try testing many tests using many servers.


Edited by Romeo29, 29 March 2009 - 11:31 AM.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:17 AM

I used to have a 75 kbps internet connection and DAP Premium downloaded files with 200-280 kbps. But now DAP downloads with not more than 45 kbps

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