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I was testing the speed of my computer's internet speed on speedtest dot net, and it shows about 5 down 5 up. I tested it on my iPad and iPhone, and they show the normal speed of about 20 down 7 up. I checked my wireless adapter, which is a netgear, and it seems to be working fine. I tried TCP program to boost my speed, and it didn't work. What could be the problem?

asked Aug 26 '11 at 15:27

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depends on if your wifi card (computer) is dated compared to your iphone

answered Aug 26 '11 at 18:13

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Are you connected via WiFi or Ethernet on the slow computer?

answered Aug 26 '11 at 15:47

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wifi, sorry for leaving that out.

answered Aug 26 '11 at 16:06

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How old is your computer? Do you know if your router support 802.11 B,G, or N? all three etc., more than likely, your Computer doesn't support type N connection mean you have to use a slower protocol. Buy an ether net cord plug it in and see what you get.

(Aug 27 '11 at 01:47) FizzNakLe FizzNakLe's gravatar image

Exactly what Fizz said.

(Aug 27 '11 at 01:55) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

In addition to what Fizz said, you'd get MUCH faster speed if you used a cable connection to the modem via ethernet.

answered Aug 27 '11 at 01:57

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Billy Aoki

My router is a Wireless N netgear router, I have a wireless N adapter, which is capable of 300MBs but the driver software is terrible, and had to find a different adapter driver, and it worked. The old driver didn't let me watch youtube without it crashing. The new driver worked for a while.

answered Aug 27 '11 at 12:06

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300MBs doesn't reflect actual performance... depending on the brand and how old it is you might want to go into the device's properties and see if it has a media/gaming setting and enabling that.

(Aug 27 '11 at 19:04) sillymansam sillymansam's gravatar image

yes correct...

(Aug 11 '12 at 04:57) pollack pollack's gravatar image

What are the specs on your computer? You could be seeing a bottleneck somewhere.

answered Aug 28 '11 at 01:41

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I found the problem, my USB drivers were corrupt, so they were only letting 1.1mbps speeds going through! Norton found the problem. (even though Norton is a resource hog)

answered Nov 25 '11 at 09:19

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That was going to be my suggestion there. Maybe reinstalling the drivers or updating them at least from the manufacturer of your wireless dongle your using. :-) I have seen and heard problems in general and not specific to a particular brand of wireless. Sometimes that will cause the problems. I had one last week with the same thing. She was getting a proper IP address from the router itself. But couldn't do a thing with it. Not even print to her wireless printer either.

(Nov 25 '11 at 16:54) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

Could be just a slow Operating System

answered Nov 25 '11 at 17:11

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Probably your drives full of different useless software and other things. Registry is very important in Windows system. I tell you frankly, it is unavoidable to have registry errors if you install or uninstall programs and visit various website frequently. So what you need to do is to fix registry errors regularly. In this purpose you can go this site where present lots of useful software in this regard (DELETED VIRUS LINK).

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answered May 07 '12 at 12:46

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edited May 07 '12 at 13:48

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DJ Scooby Doo

Your internet get slow for several reasons: -> Your PC has been infected with a virus -> You have some browser plugins which is slowing down your system -> Your computer needs a clean-up I will pass you this website: why is my internet so slow?, here you can find instructions on how to solve problems related to the internet.

answered Oct 13 '12 at 07:45

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