Are you on broadband? Have you contacted your ISP? Have you tried resetting your router?
Internet Quick Assist:
Troubleshooting internet settings:
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
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
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
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en-us" lang="en-US">
... clipped ...
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?
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:
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:
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.