• Register
  • Help
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Topic: Internet Gone Mad

Share/Bookmark
  1. #1
    Senior Member fastlane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Shelton, Washington State
    Posts
    3,015

    Internet Gone Mad

    I switched to cable internet a few days ago and the sales person said that there was going to be a speed increase in the future. My Apple g Airport express won't work now but when I go directly in with the ethernet cable Speedtest.net shows my DL speed at 26 mbps. I wonder if the problem is that my Apple g airport router is incompatible with the faster speeds. It was working fine with my T1 connection at 14 mbps but that was a fiber connection. Maybe I need the faster n router.

    Does anyone have a clue what's going on here?




    Phil

  2. #2
    Senior Member fastlane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Shelton, Washington State
    Posts
    3,015

    Re: Internet Gone Mad

    It looks like the faster Comcast internet speed sent my Airport Express over the brink and it was defective.

    The new n router is giving me from 21 to 30 mbps DL now.

  3. #3

    Re: Internet Gone Mad

    What's an "n" router, Mr. Phil? I use a Linksys router. Is that not good? Am I way behind the times equipment-wise?

    Larry
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

  4. #4

    Re: Internet Gone Mad

    hummmm. I'm not especially technoid when computer stuff gets beyond just knowing how to use some programs, so I don't understand everything about your set up. But it is sure sounding slow, even at the new spec you posted. I just checked, and I'm running at 54 mbps. That's pretty standard for a network connection I think? My direct connection from this laptop to my studio computer is 100 mbps.

    Randy

  5. #5
    Senior Member fastlane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Shelton, Washington State
    Posts
    3,015

    Re: Internet Gone Mad

    Larry,

    By n I meant WI-FI 802.11n. This is the latest wireless router protocol.


    Randy

    I'm talking cable modem internet download speed. Comcast went from 8mbps download speed max to....lets see. I just tested it at close to 30mbps download speed. The minimum seems to be 20mbps now. The speed shock probably fried a chip in my old Apple WI-FI router.



    Phil

  6. #6

    Re: Internet Gone Mad

    Hi, Jon

    Oh III dunno really. Like I said, so many things about computers and the internet are really a mystery to me. I love it all when it's working, but so often don't have a Clue when something goes wrong.

    The 100 figure I quoted is the displayed speed between my laptop and my studio computer. That's my -um, Lan, right? The internet connection is supposed to be 54.

    But I probably am just seeing what the theoretical speeds are. Where do I get a display of what's really happening? I have no idea.

    Randy

  7. #7

    Re: Internet Gone Mad

    HEy, thanks, Jon! - I've been on a wireless connection for only a few weeks. VEry cool that our home computer is always available to Kate while I have the network on my new laptop. It's through a Linksys router.

    I looked around and couldn't see anywhere that would display my speeds, SO the Speakeasy link you posted was very helpful. Thanks!

    Results of tests at Speakeasy:

    Through Seattle, the closest city to me listed - Down speed was 20.593. Up was 3248 K.

    I notice the meter doesn't go past 20--so I guess that's the top speed that's happening nowadays?

    Through San Francisco, Down speed was 19, Up was 2569 K.

    Farthest city listed, New York - Down was 13, Up was 1800 K.

    I noticed in parenthesis there were faster speeds listed as actual speeds or something?

    Anyway--That was interesting. Hummm. Guess I'm doing OK? No complaints as a user--ESPecially now that as per Tony, I've switched to Firefox. OMigosh it's so much faster than IE. It's like having a new computer.

    Randy B.

  8. #8
    Senior Member fastlane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Shelton, Washington State
    Posts
    3,015

    Re: Internet Gone Mad

    Randy

    I think your 54mbps is the maximum speed for 801.11g wifi.

    No one offers 54mbps but Verizon's Fios is at 50 mbps at $149 per month if it's even available.

    The best place right now to test your internet speed is

    http://www.speedtest.net/

  9. #9

    Re: Internet Gone Mad

    YEeeah, Phil, I get it - 54 is the theoretical max. I ran the test again for Seattle, and it was slightly slower than the earlier test. But here are the parenthetical numbers in bytes, as you explained, Jon:

    2404.1 KB/sec transfer rate
    479.1 KB/sec transfer rate

    That download speed maxed out Speakeasy's meter, so guess that's as good as it gets hmm?

    Thanks again. Interesting.

    Randy B.

Go Back to forum

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •