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Did wireless speed tests now what should I do with that info

by rowdy2226 / January 28, 2010 11:53 AM PST

After doing some research as to why my internet is sooooo slow, I found that I should do some tests. A ping test and a broadband speed test. I did these test and now I don't know what I am supposed to do with the information.

I know basically nothing about this area so please be very specific in your replies. Talk to me like a third grader. I promise I won't get mad.

I have a 700mhz wireless internet
Download speeds up to 1.2mbps
upload speeds up to 5ookbps

Ping test results from the web site
line quality: D
Packet loss: 0%
Ping: 321 ms
Jitter: 97ms
Server distance: 300 miles

Broadband speed test results from
Download Speed: .56 mbps
Upload Speed: .19mbps
Server Distance: 100 miles

So based on this info what do I need to do next?

Windows XP
pentium 4 3ghz
Sis 900-based Fast Ethernet Adapter

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Cell wireless?
by bill012 / January 28, 2010 9:39 PM PST

A 700mhz I am assuming this is plan that uses a cell phone network?

Almost every wireless that uses the cell network advertises rates that almost nobody gets. I think you can only get those rates if nobody else is using the tower and you are standing directly under it Happy

You are getting 560k down 190k up which is what you would expect on most these plans.

The best plan out right now is from sprint or clear (same network) that uses wimax. This is a 4G network that they claim you can get 3-6mbps speeds. Verizon is just starting to install LTE which is another 4G technology. The sprint coverage is limited but growing. Verizon has very little but says they will have large area of coverage by year end.... we will see.

Be very careful using these plans as a normal broadband they all have monthly caps with huge overage charges. The sprint 4G makes a big point that they do not have a cap but I suspect that will change.

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no, not a cell.
by rowdy2226 / January 28, 2010 11:54 PM PST
In reply to: Cell wireless?

I live outside a city and the only broadband internet provider has a tower that broadcasts the signal so it reaches about a 25 mile radius.

7000mhz is what they say on their website. I pointed that out in case that may have something else to do with it.

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What did you expect?
by Coryphaeus / January 29, 2010 9:03 AM PST
In reply to: no, not a cell.

Wireless will never match wired speeds. Period. Whatever their advertised speed is, in perfect laboratory conditions, it will never match real world speeds. Period. Fact.

Just as wired speeds of 10/100 LAN speeds will never reach 100 Mb/s, and wireless N will never reach speeds of 111 Mb/s, and a hard drive that is advertised as 100 Gigabytes will never provide 100 GB of storage, it's all hype.

Deal with it. Or complain to your provider.

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Maybe I did not make myself very clear
by rowdy2226 / January 30, 2010 12:24 AM PST
In reply to: What did you expect?

My speed has been getting slower. It seamed that my connection used to be faster. But over time it just keeps getting slower. Thats why I wonder if there is a problem somewhere else.

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I can explain that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2010 12:27 AM PST

As more smartphones roll out, the slower everyone's connection will be.

And to make matters worse, more users "testing" the network speeds lowers it again.

Seems to me that each test should carry a 1 buck price tag?

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