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    Slow ping takes a while to get to regular speed

    Hi everyone,

    Quick question. I recent switched to a 200 Mbits per second connection and I'm still getting relatively sluggish page loads. The speed test show that my connection starts at 2 Mbits per second when the test site pings it, then the connection ramps up over the next few seconds 5... 20... 40.. 100 etc.

    Is this normal? I would have thought that the connection would already be faster and active when it's "asked for".

    I guess what I'm saying is what's the point in having a super fast connection if it takes 6 seconds to get up to full speed every time you contact the server.

    I have a screen shot of my speedtest data, but the forum says I can add an attchement



    Ryan

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    Many of these online speed tests use multiple "threads" to ramp up to fill up your available bandwidth, that is why they may appear to start slower. TCP/IP in general can start slow and ramp up the "TCP Window" buffer to be able to utilize higher speeds. Depending on your Operating system, this can be optimizer, have you tried the TCP Optimizer?

    There are also other external factors to consider, like routers' congestion, latency, the ability of servers to send that amount of data to each user, etc. If web pages seem sluggish, try doing a traceroute to see where the delay occurs to that particular server. It could even be something simple like DNS hostname resolution, or your local Wireless router slowing you down. We have a number of NIC/LAN tweaks available in articles on the main site as well.

    I hope this helps

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    Really good answer. Thank you. I'm using a mac so I can't try TCP optimizer, but it sounds like something I'd be interested in. Does it just optimize the connection for that computer? Or does it optimize the connection itself? And thanks for the other info, I'll read up on NIC/LAN tweaks.

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    There are some Linux tweaks that theoretically should work with Macs as well: https://www.speedguide.net/articles/...and-tweaks-121

    Still, I'd start with traceroutes/pings to detect if there are any obvious issues.

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    Try to contact your provider, these can be problems on servers or problems related to technical work. If this does not help, I recommend checking Internet speed by using [commercial link removed by admin] a fairly convenient service for troubleshooting inside the wireless network. The service has a wide range of tools for diagnosing and troubleshooting. Hope it helps you somehow.

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