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Why is my internet so slow?

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by pb0004, May 17, 2013.

  1. pb0004 New Member

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    I have no clue why my internet is so slow? I want to stream some videos on Twitch soon when I get my new computer but I don't think that my internet will help me at all if it is this slow. Can anyone help me??
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    What is your actual internet speed.

    http://www.speedtest.net/

    Could just be you have a slow internet speed from your ISP, and youll need to upgrade to get a faster one.
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    What is an ISP? I am not very savvy in computers/internet.
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    Internet Service Provider.
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    I have AT&T U-Verse if that's what you mean.
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    And I'll post the internet speed when I get home but when I checked it last night, it was like 3 up, 3 down and like 86 PING. And I was told that that was horrible.
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    What speed do you pay for?
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    I think we have the Phone/Internet/TV package so I don't know what we pay for the Internet alone. But I'll check later.
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    So, I looked up your provider, you probably have so called "pro" plan which is 3up 3down. And i noticed its wireless? Wireless for gaming/streaming is terrible. You will have to either upgrade your plan to higher speeds or just get fiber.
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    You probably won't be able to stream HD(720p), you definitely won't be able to steam 1080p content with that connection. Your upload is the important number and 3Mb/s generally the minimum for 720p and it has to be pretty consistent my 3Mb/s. U-Verse upload speeds totally suck, I have their highest package at work, the 24Mb/s one, and my upload is only 2Mb/s.
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    What I mean is... what advertised speed are you supposed to be getting as opposed to your results you posted?
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    And you pay so much for that :ohwell:
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    Yes. It is wireless. My Xbox are going off of Wi-Fi. The gaming part of it isn't that bad but I can't host. I'll have to talk to my parents about upgrading when we move.
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    I'm fine with streaming in 480.
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    you need a proper internet package. your ping seems okay. its just that your speed is slow.
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    I thought that the PING should be real low. Or does the PING not matter when streaming?:toast:
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    doent matter as much as the bandwidth. ping is good for gaming mostly.

    it only makes your internet snappier.
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    3 megabit down is about 384 kilobytes a second. By today's standards, that is slow. Wireless will result in higher pings.. So what you need is:

    A wired connection to your PC.

    Faster internet.


    That's it!
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    Is a good down the only thing you really need to stream?
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    Since you're streaming up, upload is important. You're getting about 110 kilobytes per second. That's really not enough.
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    We're moving in a month I think and we are probably getting a new internet package because I asked them to.
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    hah, your upload is still faster than regular dsl limits (i think? adsl, not vdsl)

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    what you should do for now is just see what kind of video quality comes out when streaming, you'll have to limit the total video+audio to 800kbit

    & of course the other option is to capture videos locally, upload later, it wont be live but the quality would be as high as you want
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    What is an ideal, not great, not bad internet Up, Down, and PING?
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    Cable hardwired internet is what you want. pings are low on cable like 30's for example.

    Comcast would be okay if you can get it.

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