Posted 21 April 2007 - 11:06 AM
First, I think I will get a different ISP soon and remove aol from this computer, because the $9 per month rate we have now for unlimited use and dial-up is probably about to change to whatever their normal rate is.
Normally, aol has been telling me it is connected at 46666 bps or 45333. (Is that bits or bytes?) Average download speeds generally run about 3.5 kilobytes per second. About one week ago I started getting speeds like 12000, 18200, and 24800, and I had AVG update as slow as about 50 bytes per second. Also, the connection process will proceed very slowly through "requesting network attention," "talking to network," "connecting to aol," and "checking password." It often announces at any of those stages, "connection to america online has been lost," and starts over with the next number on the list.
Other times I can connect normally, as right now. Usually, once I do connect normally, I don't have a problem staying online. At first, I thought it might be weather related, with the nor'easter coming through. I used to get noise on the line in damp weather and sometimes it would slow the connection speed or interrupt the connection. However, I haven't heard static on the phone since maybe December, suggesting Verizon found the problem and fixed it. The weather is now good, but the problem continues.
Anybody else been having this problem since about April 13 (I am located in Delaware)?