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Slow Download Speeds

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September 14, 2008 6:02:41 PM

I share a home network with my parents but recently we have noticed that when I am downloading something that both of their internet's slow down. Mom is on a desktop and dad is on a laptop. We are using a DSL connection and normally download at the speed of about 450-600kb/s. We installed a new router recently but did not notice anything then. My mom then started to complain that her internet was running slow. During that time I was downloading, and when I stopped the download her internet sped up. Same goes with my dad who also complained about a slow connection on the wireless which stopped when I halted my download. To try and fix the problem I also tried to install a switch but that did not seem to work either. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do?

EDIT: P.S. It is a Actiontec GT724WGR.

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September 15, 2008 1:05:35 PM

Sounds normal. A DSL is a SHARED connection, with a common amount of bandwith. And person doing downloads eats up the avaliable bandwith, slowing everyone else down.
September 16, 2008 3:28:27 AM

All right thanks for the reply...I was getting similar responses from people on other forums. This really sucks until February when we get Fiber Optics, in the meantime I am stuck with DSL. :( 
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September 16, 2008 4:40:21 PM

I have a similar problem...

Me and my dad have a LAN (the router is Levelone FBR-1418TX 1W, 4L Broadband, if this means anything to you) and we have 2GB/min (if i understood my father correctly) Internet and 100 Mbps lan speed conectoin and my avarege intrenret speed is 5-15 Mbps and his is around 150-250 Mbps conection. I tried anything i know with the router and my computer and nothing seems to work :( 

Can any 1 help me pls.
September 18, 2008 12:18:39 PM

hmmm...I have a 100mbps connection as well, though I never seem to get past 12000k on speedtest...so it looks normal to me, although a low of 5000k mbps is a bit on the low side...

Is your connection speed jumping around, or is it more or less constant at any particualr point in time? It could be a bad connection somewhere down the line (my underground cables cause my connection to go bonkers when it rains, for instance...).
September 18, 2008 3:54:51 PM

Its constant. Thr only chande is when speed jumps ftom around 4.5mbps to 6.5 so not much change
September 18, 2008 3:57:09 PM

Spre not Mbps but Kbps
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