Ray in Niagara Falls, New York listens to the podcast and asked: “For years I had DSL. I got 1 or 2 down. I finally switched over to cable and am getting 118 down but the computer doesn’t seem that much faster. It’s still super slow. I have a Gateway computer, am connected to the Internet via ethernet card. It’s an Intel i5 3.10 GHz, 20gig RAM and I think it should be better that it’s doing. Don’t know what I’m doing wrong or if there’s some settings that I can change.”
Ray, what is slow in your computer?
If your internet connection still feels slow, you may have some other issue, for example a DNS issue that is delaying pages from even starting to load. If the rest of the computer feels slow, then maybe your i5 process is a 2010 i5 rather than a modern one.
Your computer sounds fast and your connection does too, so our guess is that if you’re achieving those downloads speeds the bottleneck may be in finding the site that it needs to load so it can get the process going using the fast connection. That’s why we’d check the DNS settings.
There is software you can use to try to figure out which server would work best for you, for example DNS Benchmark, but most people end up going with something more generic and typically performant like Google’s DNS servers or OpenDNS.
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