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Post by INeedHelp on 17th February 2011, 1:22 am

Hi there,

I don't know if its my computer or something but my download speed compared to my friends speed is more than half of his speed!
It's been like this for sometime but it has come to a point where i do mind the difference. Could my ISP be limiting the bandwidth in my line?
Or is it that my friend has a "better" DSL line? By the way we are both using DSL and i got DSL longer than he has. Also i just purchased a new modem
to see if its my age old modem thats causing me this problem but it seems to not be the culprit of this insanity. Can't Believe It

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Re: Internet is slower than my friends but same internet

Post by Jan2011 on 17th February 2011, 3:59 pm

With DSL, your connect speed can vary due to the condition of the copper wires and the distance from the CO (Central Office). Bad wires and longer distance will get you lower speeds.

There are a number of places to test your connection speeds. Here is one:
http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

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Re: Internet is slower than my friends but same internet

Post by INeedHelp on 17th February 2011, 4:27 pm

So if i change the ethernet cable i have now which is long as hell, it might change my down speed? Also by Central Office do you mean the box where the areas DSL lines go to? If so i think i live right across the street from it. XD

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Re: Internet is slower than my friends but same internet

Post by Jan2011 on 17th February 2011, 4:41 pm

Changing the Ethernet cable won't have any effect unless the installed cable is bad. I assume the cable is less than 100 feet long.

The Central Office is where the the DSL modem connects to. You may live across from the telephone company, but that doesn't guarantee that it's that building your DLS modem connects to. I may or may not be.

If the CP is across the street, then you should have a faster connection than someone who lives further away. However, this assumes that your copper wires from the DSL modem to the CO are on good shape.

I have a friend who has no-so-good wires running between their DSL modem and the CO. There's nothing you can do about that because most ot the wiring belongs to the phone company. Anyway, back to my friend with the bad wiring. Her Internet speed is fine until it rains. Then it slows down.

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Re: Internet is slower than my friends but same internet

Post by INeedHelp on 18th February 2011, 5:40 pm

So there's absolutely nothing i can do anything on my end? Is it possible if i call my ISP to replace the copper wires for new ones?

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Post by Jan2011 on 18th February 2011, 6:02 pm

There's really nothing you can do on your end other than to make sure your wiring is good.

I would definately your ISP and complain. I doubt they will do anything, especially if there is fiber in your area.

If you have another ISP in your area, check with them to see what they have to offer.

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hi

Post by rockvino on 22nd February 2011, 5:14 pm

@INeedHelp wrote:Hi there,

I don't know if its my computer or something but my download speed compared to my friends speed is more than half of his speed!
It's been like this for sometime but it has come to a point where i do mind the difference. Could my ISP be limiting the bandwidth in my line?
Or is it that my friend has a "better" DSL line? By the way we are both using DSL and i got DSL longer than he has. Also i just purchased a new modem
to see if its my age old modem thats causing me this problem but it seems to not be the culprit of this insanity. Can't Believe It

You can check your computer ram speed. And when your internet is slow you can check your internet speed on here. ip-details.com It's doing good for internet speed test.

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Re: Internet is slower than my friends but same internet

Post by INeedHelp on 23rd February 2011, 11:07 pm

So i've done several speed tests and it said my download and upload speed is perfectly fine, but the problem still persists. Says i have the download speed of 2.96 mbps and .73 mbps. If the line is bad, theres no way it can give a download speed of 2.96 mbps can it?

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Re: Internet is slower than my friends but same internet

Post by Kenny94 on 23rd February 2011, 11:33 pm

This batch might help....Please read carefully and let me know if you have any questions.

Create a batch file:

Note: You will need to save any work before double clicking the fix.bat file because it will automatically restart your computer

  • Please copy and paste the following text in the Code box exactly as written into notepad (not wordpad or any other text editor):
    Code:
    @echo off
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    ipconfig /flushdns
    netsh winsock reset all
    netsh int ip reset all
    shutdown -r -t 10
    del /f /q %0
  • Once you've done that click on File and select Save As...
  • In the Save dialogue box click on the drop down menu next to Save as type and select All Files
  • Name the file fix.bat (the .bat extension is very important)
  • Save the file to your desktop and double click it to run it.
  • Once it runs it will automatically restart your computer
  • Once your computer boots again, check to see if your internet performance has improved


Please let me know how it went?


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Re: Internet is slower than my friends but same internet

Post by INeedHelp on 26th February 2011, 1:43 am

Thanks Kenny for the suggestion but it did not work. My download rate isn't hitting over 300 kbps. I really don't want to cancel my DSL connection since i don't need the overwhelming bandwidth of fiber optics. Any other suggestions is greatly appreciated and of course thanks to all of those that contributed.

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