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extremely slow internet on my mac ?

29106 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 28, 2012 1:07 PM by Neville Hillyer RSS
VincentG63 Calculating status...
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Oct 28, 2012 9:38 AM

could there be some kind of virus, ghost that would cause this ?


I am saying this because the same internet connection ( wifi) works very well with an other mac ( in wifi as well)



iMacG5, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Oct 28, 2012 10:22 AM (in response to VincentG63)

    Change your DNS server to and turn off IPv6.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Oct 28, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to VincentG63)

    It's not a virus. How many bars on the Airport icon? Option-click on it. What's the Transmit Rate?

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Oct 28, 2012 1:07 PM (in response to VincentG63) is a Google DNS server which will be one of the fastest anywhere in the world - DNS server speed can be checked with NameBench.


    You should be aware that each time you change your DNS server your DNS cache gets flushed so don't be surprised if a future DNS server change appears to be better. I arrange for my DNS cache to be automatically flushed at boot. I boot once a day.


    I am not a wireless user and was interested in my daughter's recent discovery about her wireless link to her cable modem in Washington:


    "When I logged in tonight at 10.00pm I was getting slow speeds again. I looked up in 'about this mac' and saw many  wireless networks, many using the same channel.  I then changed my network preferences to only use 802.1n rather than g or b (largely because most other networks seem to be using g). This then gave me a new set of channels to chose from - I picked one that no-one else used and bingo... my speed is now consistently 50Mbps! At least I now know what to do to fix it. I was probably having the same problem in my old apartment block, but never associated the gradually increasing number of wireless networks with my slowing internet speed."


    My UK telephone line restricts me to about a third of this speed - see:


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