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Windows 7: How do I speed up my internet speed?

10 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How do I speed up my internet speed?

I am using an AT&T 2Wire 2701HG-B Router, and it sucks.
I can't get another one so that's outa the question.
What can I do to speed up my internet connection?
As of now it's:



Crappy, I know. Any help or advice is appreciated.
Thanks.


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10 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I, too have AT&T as my High Speed Internet provider, but through UVerse. I do agree that the routers they've been using have been falling on the crappy side. Some may have a different opinion/experience.

Anyway, ever since I've put my main tinkering-do-it-all computer in the DMZ, I've noticed a significant speed increase.

There are gotchas, though:

1. Once the computer is in the DMZ, it won't communicate with the rest of your home computers. It is USB SneakerNet time when moving/sharing files.
2. If you have important files, can't leave your computer running all the time. If you have to, then make sure the Windows firewall is on and your computer is armed to the teeth against viruses and spyware.

I do not recommend this setting for everyone. It's just that I noticed a big difference with downloads and overall internet experience. Also noticed a big time improvement in gaming.

Your mileage may vary and you may want to find out more about DMZ before trying it out.
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10 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Can you give me a link, to where I can learn what a DMZ is, and about it? Thanks.
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10 Oct 2011   #4

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vir2L View Post
I am using an AT&T 2Wire 2701HG-B Router, and it sucks.
I can't get another one so that's outa the question.
What can I do to speed up my internet connection?
As of now it's:

All by itself, your 3.04 Mb/s speed at speedtest.net doesn't say much.

Your provider offers multiple Internet speeds. Which speed do you have?

Your 3.04 Mb/s upload test result suggests that you have 3.0 MB/s download (syncing, perhaps, at 3550 kbps).

Your 0.32 Mb/s download test result suggests that you have 384 kbps service.

If that's what you bought from your ISP, you can't go any faster.
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10 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Honestly, I have no idea. I thought there were 3 because dl,ul, and such. I dont think it HAS to be the same for all numbers. But, I'm no pro.
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11 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If moving the computer to a DMZ greatly increases your speeds, then you need to call your provider and tell them you need a new router. You do not want to put a computer in a DMZ, aside from testing, or else you would defeat the main purpose of a router to begin with. If you believe your speeds are lower than you are paying for, you need to call your ISP and complain.
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11 Oct 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It looks like you have DSL1500. And for that your speeds are normal. In the US I also have DSL1500 and my speeds are similar - second picture.

In Germany I have DSL6000 (which by the way costs half of the DSL 1500 in the US). My speeds there are much better - first picture.

So I think you are a "normal case".


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11 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Damnit. So pretty much, there's nothing I can do to speed up my net?
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11 Oct 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

First thing you need to find out is what speed you are paying for. If it is something close to what that speed test shows there is nothing we can do to help. If that is what your speed is supposed to be, then the only way to get faster speeds is to get a faster connection, there is nothing you can do from your end.
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11 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
If moving the computer to a DMZ greatly increases your speeds, then you need to call your provider and tell them you need a new router. You do not want to put a computer in a DMZ, aside from testing, or else you would defeat the main purpose of a router to begin with. If you believe your speeds are lower than you are paying for, you need to call your ISP and complain.
I may have to live with it until AT&T upgrades their routers. As it is AT&T Uverse traffic and internet traffic all go through that one router they installed. I'm not worried about my system being on the DMZ, though.

Vir2L(i just got your nickname), yes unless you can afford to buy into a higher speed bracket. What might also help, and just thought of this while writing, would be a router that allows you to allocate more resources to specific kinds of traffic. You're lucky in the sense that you can change the router to something else, but you will need a DSL modem. The router you have now has everything built-in.
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