Is this packet issue slowing my connectivity?

January 18, 2011 at 13:52:11
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel 2.66Ghz/4Gb RAM
I've noticed increasingly laggy performance from all browsers on my computer. In checking my network status, Windows indicates that the computer is receiving way more bytes than is being sent (currently, 451 million to 21 million respectively). Is this something to be concerned about? None of the other machines using my home network seem to be suffering from the same issue.

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January 18, 2011 at 14:13:59
It is normal on almost any Internet connection to receive far more packets then is being sent. After all, a single mouse click that takes up a few bytes can result in millions of bytes being sent back,

Any slowdown is due to something else besides the packet count. The first thing to do is go to one of the Internet speed checkers and check your download speed and compare it to what you should be getting.


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January 18, 2011 at 15:02:43
Thanks Stuart, my beginner knowledge in this area only takes me so far. Tested things out with, and I'm definitely not getting the speeds I should. Did the same on a laptop hooked in to the same router (via a wireless connection), and received much better results....over 5x faster than the connection on this desktop. Any thoughts on what could be behind the difference? I've run a number of different scans and haven't turned up any expected culprits.

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