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Broadband speed improvement?
HoDog14 Jul-02-02 10:53 PM
Right now, i have an RCA cable modem and my ISP is Comcast. However, when i hear of people downloading at 500 kb/s with their connections, i am a little mistified because i cant get above 150 kb/s reguardless of where im downloading from. I have a very good computer, so is there anything i can do to get a faster connection (like getting a better cable modem) or is the speed controlled by the ISP so i probobly cant get any faster. Also, is this because alot of people in my neighborhood have cable internet? thanks

1. RE: Broadband speed improvement?
lbyard Jul-02-02 11:55 PM
In response to message 0
USB or Ethernet? I'll probably move this thread to networking. Larry

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DJ Net2Infinity Jul-02-02 11:57 PM
In response to message 0
When you have a cable modem all users are on the same segment, meaning that all of you share the same bandwidth. I notice a huge difference between the day when everyone is at work and come 7-8 o'clock. I have a cable modem myself that tests out at 1.7mbps and when I download .iso images ( whole 650mb cds) I rarely get above 170k, so I would have to see the 500 before I would believe it.

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HoDog14 Jul-03-02 10:26 PM
In response to message 2
Its Eithernet, but i would like to add that even though i cant get above 150 kb/s, it is rare that i even get near 100 kb/s. I get more like between 20 -60 kb/s when downloading from other people on Grokster, and around 100-120 kb/s while downloading from more popular sites. If there is anything i can do to my computer, what would that be (what hardware or software could i add)? I would assume that some computers would run faster on the net because they can process the information, or read the information you are downloading, faster (or is this just something i made up?).

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lbyard Jul-04-02 00:56 AM
In response to message 3
Are you sure about the units? That sounds like KBytes/sec., not Kbits pers/sec. and that is about what I get: 20-80 KBs (which is not 20-80 Kbs). 60 is a good connection, 80 is exceptional, and 20 is likely a slow server at the other end. Larry

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HoDog14 Jul-06-02 05:37 PM
In response to message 6
no, i wish, but it is definately Kb/s. Its not like i dont notice a difference from dial up, because its a huge improvement... but i was just wondering how accurate those internet speed comparison graphs are (the ones that compare cable dsl and dial-up).I can download a movie in 5 hours on Grokster (if any of you use that), but it just seems like it could go alot faster (since i now reguard having 60 Kb/s as a fast speed in this program). ALSO: when i use the Xbox.com site, they have an option for high bandwith (100k-700k) or low bandwith (under 100k). I assumed that i could use the high bandwith, but that doesnt seem to work, only the low bandwith works. What does this mean??? Thanks
-Joe

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lbyard Jul-07-02 02:10 PM
In response to message 7
What version of windows are you running? You do know that people downloading movies and hogging resources is the reason some cable providers are allocating bandwidth, don't you? Larry

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deerslayer Jul-09-02 10:39 PM
In response to message 8
Give this a shot.

http://speedguide.net/Cable_modems/cable_patches.shtml

Choose the one for your OS and download/install. Makes a big difference with my win 98 machines. Was only getting 1/2 my max download machines before using this. Since it pretty much doubled.


10. RE: Broadband speed improvement?
lbyard Jul-10-02 01:39 AM
In response to message 9
good. That should be easier than fooling with the registry, which would have been the next step after finding-out which version of Windows he has. I presume that is what the "patches" do.

11. RE: Broadband speed improvement?
deerslayer Jul-10-02 06:38 AM
In response to message 10
Exactly, they are registry patches. Many ISP Tech service departments refer customers here now instead of doing registry tweaking manually, where it is easy to make a mistake.

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