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Why is the internet so slow the last 2 or 3 weeks? Answered

Some of you guys get off so us who have important things to do don't have to wait so long.

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The IdeanatorBest Answer (author)2010-05-16

There is a shortage of internet, not enough to go around.

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Re-design (author)The Ideanator2010-05-17

I know, that's why I suggested you get off so I can have a better turn. LOL

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orksecurity (author)2010-05-16

The Internet hasn't been. Your ISP, or the specific servers you're contacting, or your own machine would be the places to look for bottlenecks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1fBd7UbQPA

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Re-design (author)orksecurity2010-05-17

Well that would be a good answer except it's three major providers, three different locations and three different computers.

Google, instructables and wikipedia often seem very slow to me.

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kelseymh (author)Re-design2010-05-17

Have you tried using ping and traceroute? The latter will show you the individual routers (hops) between you and a destination, along with the time required to get to each one. The former just shows round-trip time between you and a destination. I have found these to be invaluble in identifying the location of a bottleneck.

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orksecurity (author)kelseymh2010-05-20

The other prossibility would be that there's a major DOS attack burning up a lot of the bandwidth in your area.

The other other possibility is that you're just feeling impatient. "The slowest acceptable speed is the fastest response the user has ever seen."

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lemonie (author)2010-05-17

You heard of that volcano in Iceland? International flights canceled etc?
Well, you've got loads of people, chatting to their families & friends internationally, people desperately trying to do work, video conferencing etc. Then you've got bored air-crews wasting time with YouTube etc...

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kelseymh (author)lemonie2010-05-17

Aw, Lemonie, I'm disappointed.  After your first sentence, I was hoping you'd explain how the volcanic ash got into the Intertubez, so everyone was having to clean out all of their filters and firewalls....

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lemonie (author)kelseymh2010-05-17

I thought about that first, but it would involve ocean-cables. Shipping data by air-mail was another, but ultimately I've had a hard day at work rather than a hard-night at the pub...

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caarntedd (author)lemonie2010-05-18

A night at the pub isn't hard. Coming home is.

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kelseymh (author)2010-05-17

It's slow because people like you are hogging all the bandwidth posting questions here on Instructables.

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caarntedd (author)kelseymh2010-05-18

And compulsively commenting on everything you possibly can ; P 

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-05-17

I put a diverter splice in the main internet pipe, and I've been slowly siphoning off internets in order to further my plot for world domination, ultimate power and a trip to Disneyland. All your internets are belong to me!

Seriously, though. I've noticed it too, but I thought it was just my crappy ISP. Which it may have been....

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Jayefuu (author)2010-05-17

I have three internets. Would you like to borrow one of mine until yours gets better?

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Re-design (author)Jayefuu2010-05-17

Thanks but I'm in Texas and I don't have a cat5 cable that will reach to the UK.

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