10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 18, 2013 6:05 AM by Baffie
Baffie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi

I have a an old imac, still working and running on 10.5.8 !!

I still use it for music and simple word processing.

I have linked it up to the internet with a ethernet cable and the internet speed is vastly differnet to by ipad / iphone using wifi.

I syspect that its the imac and not the router?

Any idea what has gone wrong and why ethernet connect is not faster than wireless

 

Thanks


imac G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Macbook, iphone
  • 1. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,485 points)

    Are you on broadband? Have you contacted your ISP? Have you tried resetting your router?

     

    Internet Quick Assist:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1144?viewlocale=en_US

     

    Troubleshooting internet settings:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1714?viewlocale=en_US

  • 2. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (30,435 points)

    Our G4s are struggling on our 50MBps cable connection with many web sites. Two Intel iMacs and a MacBook Pro run fine on the same connection.

     

    New web technology has largely abandoned the PowerPC. Even this Apple forum site drags on the G4.

  • 3. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    Baffie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes on broadband and using a NetCommWireless Router

    Some of the youtube videos talk about changing the IP address under the DNS tab but that did not make any diference.

    I will look at the links and let you knoe if this helps

    many thanks

  • 4. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,360 points)

    Let's see what the raw download speed is

    Use speedof.me on the Mac & the iPad.

     

    run activity monitor to see if there is someother problem

     

    /applications/utilities/activity monitor

     

    The speed will vary depending how close you are to the  wifi router & number of walls between you and the wifi router.

    Here are three links that will rate your connection.
    speedof.me  -- uses html5
    http://www.speedtest.net/

    http://www.pingtest.net/

     

    You can try downloading directly from the terminal to see how fast one file downloads.

    Macintosh-HD -> Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal

    mac $ mkdir test
    mac $ cd test

    mac $ curl "http://www.apple.com" >see
      % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                     Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
    100 11292  100 11292    0     0  22628      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 62623
    mac $ cat see
    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en-us" lang="en-US">
    <head>
    ... clipped ...

  • 5. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    Baffie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK

    Ping test:

    Jitters 27ms

    Ping 59ms

    Unable to measure packet loss - Java not installed or firewall in place???

     

    Network Utility test

     

    Sent packet 32,433

    Recv packet 40,893

     

    Rember this was tested with the wired ethgernet cable and not wireless.

     

    My wireless speed is excellent and works fine on laptops, ipads and iphones, its just the imac connected via the cable that is very flow and struggles to play any internet video content.

     

    Any ideas? Waht about the Java comment above - anything to do with it?

     

    thanks

  • 6. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    Baffie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Allan,

     

    So are you saying that it cant be fixed?

  • 7. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (30,435 points)

    DOH!

     

    It occurs to me --finally-- why you may be seeing this slowness on a wried connection. That latest G4 iMacs retained the 10/100BASE ethernet port Apple used to put on all consumer and educational Macs. The PowerMacs and PowerBook were considered "pro" models and had 10/100/1000BASE ethernet ports--much faster.

     

    You may see improvement by going wireless if your iMac has USB 2.0 ports:

     

    NewerTech MAXPower 802.11n/g/b High-Performance Wireles USB Adapter w/bonus ext cradle. For Mac & PC

     

    It will give wireless "n" speeds if used in a USB 2.0 port--that's the protocol your other devices are probably using.

     

    To see if you have USB 2.0 ports, hold OPTION and, while hlding it, click the Apple menu. In 10.5, the first entry should change to "System Profiler." Launch it.

     

    In the opening screen:

     

    SysProf_main_forASC.png

     

    find the code in the second line that I've indicated with the red arrow; for a G4 iMac the line will be "PowerMacx,x"--please post your code and your screen size (15, 17, or 20). From that we can find out if you have USB 2, making the wireless option viable.

  • 8. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,360 points)

    Oh.

     

    You should use:

    speedof.me

     

    I should have gotten rid of the others.

     

    Robert

  • 9. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    Baffie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hardware Overview:

     

      Model Name:          iMac

      Model Identifier:          PowerMac6,1

      Processor Name:          PowerPC G4  (3.3)

      Processor Speed:          1.25 GHz

      Number Of CPUs:          1

      L2 Cache (per CPU):          256 KB

      Memory:          2 GB

      Bus Speed:          167 MHz

      Boot ROM Version:          4.6.8f4

     

     

    I have a 17 inch screen

     

    Thanks

  • 10. Re: Slow Internet speed using ethernet cable.
    Baffie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've place an order for USB Adapter and fingers crossed it works.

    Thanks