Why is my internet so slow?

Dell / Dimension c521
kFitch January 24, 2009 at 09:13:36
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Ed. SP3, 2.00 GHz /2.50 GB
speedtest.net says that my download is 217 kb/s and my upload is 101 kb/s.
Which is unbelievable because my internet download barely ever tops 25 kb/s
Two of my friends have the same exact internet as me and when we download anything on their computer it's usually 100+ kb/s
But me and another friend who also have the same internet, our download speeds never reach 30 kb/s
All four of us have the same exact ISP and modem and all that stuff, but two download extremely fast, while me and my other friend are waiting forever for small downloads.

If it helps, the two with the slow internet live on one side of town, while the other two live on the other side of town. I don't know if that's relevant, but it couldn't hurt.

Any suggestions?

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January 24, 2009 at 10:11:11
Run TCPOpimizer on the machine.

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January 24, 2009 at 13:45:12
Ok thanks. I did that, and had it 'optimize' everything, but I'm not noticing any difference.
Is there something I could be missing?

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January 24, 2009 at 14:07:00
Make sure your nic card is "not" hardcoded to a specific speed , it should be auto for speed negotiation .

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January 24, 2009 at 15:17:37
Are we talking about dial-up or broadband here because 30 kbs is slow even for dial up. 217 kbs is outside dial-up speeds but slow for broadband.

If it is broadband what is your contracted speed? If it is dial-up then being on the opposite side of town can make a huge difference. It will even make a difference with broadband so such comparisons are worthless.

The speed of the NIC will make no difference. Even if it is operating at its slowest speed of 10 Mbs that is still a lot faster than any Internet speed.

I suspect somewhere along the line we are getting confused between bits and bytes. Bits are usually expressed with a lowercase b and bytes will an uppercase B.


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January 24, 2009 at 17:03:58
I have Windstream Broadband and I believe in the contract I'm supposed to have at least 3 Mbps of speed.
I've tried everything and I'm still only downloading at 25 kB/s tops

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January 24, 2009 at 19:52:21
Take your PC to the other side of town and see if it changes.

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January 24, 2009 at 21:30:47
Talk to your ISP technical support. There's a chance you have a bad modem or bad line. I see it from time to time.

Assume that I already did an Internet search.

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