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Slow download of homepage

by shafiqkhan31 / May 10, 2010 9:06 PM PDT

Hi there,
I have two computers connected to the a new Huawei Echolife HG520b router,a PC {p4, xp home, 1.5 Gig Ram, at least 26 gig free space on the HD very well maintained 6years old, use AVG free, and other firewalls etc.} connected by Ethernet, and a Macbook connected wireless.
The speed test for both shows the same reading,(The Global Broadband speed test provided by Ookla) 1.19 Mbps download and 0.35 Mb/s upload. Ping 45ms.
My homepage takes 1.75 minutes to load on the PC and only 15 seconds on the Macbook.Different webpage does not make any difference. The emails received take about 5 minutes longer to appear on the PC compared to the Macbook.
My computer provider in a remote session checked everything and did not find any fault, however advised to reload the xpHome in case there is any blockage.
The setup was working fine exactly in the same set up for a few years, only a change of ISP and the router about four weeks ago caused the problem.
My local Area connection status shows a speed of 100.0 Mbps.

Will be grateful for any help.

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a change of ISP and the router about four weeks ago caused t
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 11, 2010 12:10 AM PDT

Frankly there is nothing in your post to suggest it's your problem.

Time to ask the ISP to come over and figure it out.

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Network issues.

Thank you Bob. Your comments made all the difference to my approach to the ISP. It gave me enough confidence to say to the ISP that it is not my system that is at fault.
However I am not sure why my MacBook working wirelessly from the same router has no problem and my PC, connected through Ethernet has a problem.
Well armed with your support I argued my case and the ISP has agreed to supply a new router. I hope to receive it in fives days time.Then we will know if the problem is solved.

People like me with quite minimal knowledge of the Internet depend on the generosity of your spirit.
Thank you.

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In the meantime, while waiting for the new router ...
by Papa Echo / May 22, 2010 2:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Network issues.

...shut down the MAC, i.e. with only the PC connected... still slow ?
...try the MAC on the Ethernet ....slow as with the PC ?

With the change of ISP, have you changed to the correct DNS numbers ?

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Clever stuff.
by shafiqkhan31 / May 22, 2010 8:20 PM PDT

Hi Papa Echo,
I had tried all permutations but not the second one you suggested.i.e. connecting the Macbook with Ethernet. Actually replacing the PC with my Macbook.
It worked like magic. The download was within 15 seconds. I tried different web pages and saw no issues.
It is a good result in a way but opens the problem investigation to a different direction.

What is wrong with my PC?
I had done run of the mill things , I had tried different browsers,I deleted IE8 and tried Chrome, I had Mozilla FireFox, I deleted it. I had AVG Free anti virus I deleted it and loaded another free anti virus.Had deleted all remains of temporary files by selecting the Default settings of the Internet while I was using the IE8.
i. Do I reinstall my xp Home sp3?
ii. How do I further investigate the cause? It was working OK, before the router change. The speed tests on my PC (Ether connected) and my Macbook (wireless) to the same router was the same.

I did not know about the DNS, I have looked it up, but seems beyond me. Anyway I was receiving my emails and opening all web pages although unacceptably very slow.
Be very grateful for suggestion.

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