|I don't think it matters, but I'm running Vista/64 and IE9. I've also got NetMeter, so I can see my outgoing and incoming traffic being passed back and forth, marching across the little window in the corner of my screen.|
Lately, the Internet seems unusually... hesitant. I can't say slow, because the data rate in and out is respectable for the level of DSL I have (1.5Mbps down, 400Mbps up), but pages take forever to load.
When I click on a Google link I can see my request go out as a small blip, but then it's 15 to 20 seconds before anything comes back, and the data comes in in bursts over a long period of time. It might be half a minute before a targeted page appears.
For example, on this computing.net site, once I got to the page, I clicked on Ask a Question (or whatever) and it was 20 seconds before the fill-in blank appeared.
I don't see how this could be my computer, network or whatever, because once the data flow starts, it comes in at a good rate, although 'disjointed.' Could it be my ISP, or are things just that slow nowadays?