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Internet speed fluctuation

By princevulpine
Sep 6, 2009
  1. I'm not certain if this is the right place to post, but I have a question.
    We just got cable internet, speeds up to 12 mbps.
    When I first turn the computer on, I will check the speed through an online checker, and it will show up to 30 mbps. WOW.
    Here is the stinker. If I run a torrent program for several hours, then shut that program completely down, the speed checker will show only 2 or 3 mbps. Now, if I restart the system, the speed will jump back up to 30 mbps...
    Is this common, and if so, why?
     
  2. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    What online Checker is it? Note that Some online checkers are inaccurate.
     
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Running torrent or file sharing programs takes out all the promises from the ISP. It is dependent on who is sharing what, when.

    It is also possible that the ISP may be limiting your use or overuse of broadband.

    And for the record, no two 'speed checkers' ever agree.
     
  4. princevulpine

    princevulpine TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    hmmm, i thought so...

    I either use speakeasy or just speedtest.net...
    Yeah, I would imagine the speed fluxuates per the host that you are connecting to, as well.
    It makes sense that they would limit it, but what about when I restart the system, then all is well, even crazy faster (x2+ max mbps) than is promised... Could the modem that they gave me have this "limiter" build in?
    So when I restart, the modem resets as well...?
     
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Who is your ISP?
     
  6. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    Some routers support a connection even higher than the one advertised by your ISP, therefore, the nearer the speedtest zone is, the higher your connection.

    No it doesn't. But it resets the IP.
     
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    you mentioned 30mbps, do you have comcast by chance? they are one pf the companies that restricts bandwidth usage as they see fit, as a matter of fact I think they are currently in court over it.
     
  8. princevulpine

    princevulpine TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    interesting...

    Ding ding ding, yes, comcast is the right answer! And what do they win, Bob...? LOL
    In court over it, wild... My sis in law was complaining about her computer speed and it acting funny. So I gave it a good once over and all was well. She thought it was something that I had done to it recently, Psshaw... Anywho, come to find out that she was behind on payment (as usual, with everything) so they were restricting her uasage.
    So, this all makes sense.
    Thanks for all your help!
     
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Sometimes I think the speed thing is just a hoax!

    My ISP use to use Speakeasy out of Atlanta for the server. Now they use Speedtest. Here are my results now:

    Speakeasy> 4.8 down, 1.8 up
    Speeadtest> 11.9 down, 1.8 up
    Three different servers through Toast> Averages 2.5 down, 2.3 up

    There is so much discrepancy. I have entertained the thought that the ISP somehow pads the results to compute higher, the reason being that Speakeasy is actually the same test!

    When I was paying for 10mbps, I never got about 5. When I was upgraded to 15mbps, I never got above 11. Now the ISP bill says Turbo> 20mbps and it's only 11!

    You figure it out! OF course when they come out and check everything with their instruments, I'm told everything is working fine and the speed is always faster!

    RoadRunner through Bright House, West central Florida.
    I am current on my payments and there is no 'cap'. I don't do any file sharing or music downloading, etc.
     
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