How can I improve internet performance?

My ISP is bigpond and  think it is one of the "unlimited" downloads packages.  My wireless internet router says I should be getting download speeds of 54 Mb/s but when I did an internet download and upload test I found a download speed of 0.16Mb/s and an upload speed of 0.05Mb/s.
What can I do to improve internet performance and is my ISP ripping me off?

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coolvimal5 years ago
Tips to increase connection speed:

1.) log on as Administrator.

2.) start - run - type gpedit.msc

3.) expand "local computer policy"

4.) then expand "administrative templates"

5.) then expand "network branch"

6.) Highlight the "QoS Packet Scheduler"

7.) on right window double click "limit reservable bandwidth"

8.) on setting tab check the "enabled"

9.) change "Bandwidth limit %" to 0

10.)check your internet speed at http://www.ip-details.com/ .
xbxhkz7 years ago
 Also, you can increase the amount of concurrent outbound tcp connections. In Windows XP Sp2 and later Microsoft had started to put limits in place to the amount you can have.

Here is the app I use to fix the issue: Half-Open Limit Fix

( just click the H to download the app)
Re-design8 years ago
I've noticed that for the last 4 months my internet performance has been declining and at times almost non existant.  This is using Verizon and ATT on both wired and wireless computers.

I've even compared Foxfire and IE at times when my service is particularly poor and I found no difference between them.  Foxfire is my usual browser.

My problem  is that pages fail to load the first time or sites are unavailable or the computer spends 30 seconds looking up a site.

Mostly my download and upload speed seems normal but I haven't check the numbers.

Since you say you main problem is down and uploading, I would go with what the first answer was alluding to and try to get a stronger wireless connection.  If you connection is weak the computer will send a packet of data and the router will check it. If it's wrong then it requests it again  until it is sent correctly.  The wrong packet is not counted so if you are having lots of errors then getting a better connection would help.  If possible put the computer as close to the router as you can get it or wire directly if possible.  You just need to do this long enough to see if that's the problem and if it is you can figure out what you can do to make the signal stronger.

Do you have security turned on?  If not then your problem might be that 50 of your neighbors are using you internet connection without you knowing it.

Good luck.
Tombini (author)  Re-design8 years ago

I don't think it has anything to do with signal strength as it is at 100% and I know for a fact that there is nobody stealing my internet.  I was thinking more along the lines of bigpond giving me the wrong service pack even though I am paying for a more expensive one.

That could happen but you need to make sure that your computer or software is not the problem.   I would contact their customer service department and let them help you.  You should be able to get full service from them and usually they will help you check to make sure that you have the settings right for their system.
You can Clear the Cache, Delete Unneeded(Not Unwanted, you might delete somehting you need) programs.
knektek8 years ago
you could put your router on top of a foil satalite to improve wireless frequency ratings.
While your speed is not very speedy, it might be wise to go over a few terms and concepts to help you understand what's happening.

First, the speed shown by your wireless network is not the total speed of your internet.  This is what's known as the link speed between your computer and the router (wired connections typically have a link speed of either 100 Mb/s or 1 Gb/s).  This speed is really irrelevant, as it only indicates how fast your computer is talking to the router.  This number will always be much higher than your internet speed for many reasons which are a bit much to explain here.

No ISP offers unlimited speed (or throughput) - it would simply be far too costly for them to support.  Almost every ISP, however, offers unlimited access (or bandwidth).  An analogy might be that you are at an all-you-can-eat internet buffet, but you can only eat as fast as the waitress brings you a clean plate.  If the service is crappy, you'll be there hours before you eat enough platefuls to watch a movie.

There are many things that can affect your speed.  One of the most obvious factors is the ISP, of course.  However, aside from the ISP possibly "capping" your connection speeds (purposely keeping it slow to save cost), you must also consider whether it is a DSL or cable connection.  DSL is typically slower anyhow, and due to its susceptibility to interference it can slow to a crawl if there are problems such as:

1. Too much distance (in feet of wire) between your house and the central office (where the signal is sent).
2. The age and quality of wire between your house and the central office.
3. The age and quality of wire inside your home.
4. The number of phones connected inside your home.
5. Whether or not a phone is connected without a necessary filter jack.
6. Any and all sources of electromagnetic or radio interference present near any part of the connection between your DSL modem and the central office.  This can occur if the modem is too close to a fluorescent or halogen lamp or the computer/monitor or the router itself, defective electrical transformers near the modem, defective electrical transformers on the telephone pole outside, streetlamps, the flap of a butterfly's wings, &c.

Cable is far more noise-immune and is not significantly affected by this sort of thing.

I would first make sure there isn't anything too close to the modem that may cause interference.  If this does not improve, call the ISP's tech support and first ask them to describe the expected speed of your package (they will no doubt tell you that it is "up to" such-and-such speed; it is common practice to only guarantee speeds for businesses on premium packages).  Also have them run a line test to determine how far you are from the CO and the quality of the line (you should really be no further than 3000-5000 feet; at this range, there is significant signal degredation).  They may be able to troubleshoot and make suggestions to help your speed, although no one will guarantee it.