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Slow Browsing

by lions / January 4, 2005 11:41 PM PST

I have a strange problem which is the same in both browser, IE and Firefox.I can't browse while I download.It doesn't matter if the file is 500k or bigger. I can't acess another site ( if it does is painfully slow)until the download is completed.I download 1 file only at a time and don't use P2P.Other than that I have no speed problem.I'm using Firefox as default but I tried
IE and get the same results, so I don't think is a browser problem.I have adware se, spyboot, symantec antivirus and zone alarm standard edition all updated.
I run win xp home with sp1.I disable Zone alarm for test purpose but no improvement. Any sugestion would be great appreciated.
Thank you for your time.

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ISP
by Yew / January 5, 2005 12:31 AM PST
In reply to: Slow Browsing

From the sounds of things, this is a problem with your connection. IIRC, you said you had 128K DSL, which probably has something like 64K upload capacity. Considering the network overhead, it's not surprising access to other sites is incredibly slow.

64K upload is a grand total of like 6-7K in actual upload bandwidth, most of which is probably eaten up by the ACK packets for the file transfer. It's just a symptom of low upload bandwidth and there's really not a lot you can do. If you can find a software packet shaping program, you might be able to prioritize HTTP packets over other things, but you might find such a program would use a lot of CPU power and cost a pretty penny.

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Slow Browsing
by lions / January 5, 2005 12:57 AM PST
In reply to: ISP

Thank you for your answer.Makes sens; I have 1 gig celeron cpu and 256mg of ram.If I can't live with I will probably upgrade my dsl to high speed.It most likely explains why when my 2nd pc is on the net in the same time(I have a router)any download on either pc would slow down the other one to a stand still.Any other sugestions more than welcome.
Thank again.

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Packet Shapers
by Yew / January 5, 2005 2:04 AM PST
In reply to: Slow Browsing

I don't know any details about your specific setup, but some DSL/Cable routers have basic packet shaping capabilities built in. I have a Linksys WRT54G router, and the latest firmware added some real rudimentary packet shaping features.

There are also Linux distributions designed to function as routers, and I'm sure some of them have packet shaping capabilities if you're willing to run a third system (it could be some old 486, since a lot of these distributions can be run off of a floppy or CD). Might be cheaper to just upgrade your DSL however, when you factor in the increased utility costs. Choice is yours.

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