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DJMC126 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi Folks,

I am new to the Apple world and still getting the hang. However, I have setup my wireless internet with my netgear router! Not to mention I tested my internet "Speedtest.net" on 3 other computers with Download speeds between 4.9-7.5mbps but with my iMac it's .73-1.02mbps!

Please help!

Thanks,
Ryan

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 24" 2.93GHZ 640GB HD
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,880 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions!

    The speed you get from Speedtest.net is router and software dependent.
    If your machine is on a local area network, clogs along the line may slow it down.

    If your machine has an older version of Java, it may not be optimized for the test. Check the Software update in the Apple menu.

    If you want your true bandwidth, use an FTP binary into your internet service provider's server with a direct connection to the modem, and not a router when connecting to the internet. The transfer rate of individual files from your internet service provider's webhost server to and fro gives you your true bandwidth. Speedtest.net is in a unique location many hops down the net.
  • DJMC126 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Brody, thank you for the help... My Java Version is 12.0. I also ran some tests I downloaded a video file @ 80mb and it took 20-25min. I also am not sure why but my other computers run fine on my netgear and my Mac is sloooowwww and I have no idea what ftp binary is? lol... I just know I have Time Warner Business class and my internet is supposed to be close to what they consider a T1 connection. I am currently paying 189/month for that increase.

    Thanks again for the help!
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,880 points)
    Your Netgear may not be up to the same standard as the Mac when it comes to networking. It may need a firmware to get it to speak at the same speed with Macs as PCs. Try the same transfer directly over the modem to see if the issue is with the Netgear.

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  • DJMC126 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ya The netgear is fairly new. However, I wouldn't know the first step how to fix what you are telling me to do. Sorry I don't have a huge computer intellect. So I dont know if you wouldn't mind step by stepping me into this? Lol...thanks!

    Ryan
  • DJMC126 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Please someone HELP! lol Thanks,

    Ryan
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,880 points)
    All you have to do is:

    1. Unplug the modem power.
    2. Shut down the Mac. Apple menu (the Apple logo in the upper left corner) -> Shut Down. Confirm the desire to shut down and wait for the screen to go black.
    3. Connect the ethernet wire directly from your Mac to the modem. Don't use the Netgear at all.
    4. Connect the power cable to the modem.
    5. Wait for the modem to start showing it has internet connectivity. Ask your internet provider what light that would be for your modem model, if you don't know.
    6. Power up the computer.
    7. Verify internet connectivity in Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Network -> Click on the popup menu Show at the top below the menu for Location "Built-in-ethernet". See the image below:



    8. If your IP address is a 10, 169, or 192 prefix you are still not connected to the internet. Let us know if this is the case.
    Otherwise, you should be connected to the internet, and should be able to test the internet connection and see if there is any difference.

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  • DJMC126 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey Brody! Thanks I haven't done this yet because I work all weekend and wont be able to do it til Monday but IF my speed is faster than what do I do?

    Thanks
  • DJMC126 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ??? Hey Brody not sure what I should do now?
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,880 points)
    Well, did you try my directions? If it does result in faster speed, that means you have to replace the router, or ask Netgear if they have a firmware update available.

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  • DJMC126 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Problem solved not sure what I did but when I plugged it in hard line it seemed to jump up in speed and when I went back to wireless it was flawless
  • DJMC126 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey Brody wouldn't you know my mac is running slow all over again!!!! Ahhhh!
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,880 points)
    It says to me there is something wrong with the Netgear, that the Mac is just simply more sensitive to. Replace the Netgear.

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  • DJMC126 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Would you say a linksys works better?

    I mean I am noticing others with the similar problem since upgrading to 10.5.7?

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  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,880 points)
    The only router I'd rely on is an Apple Airport Extreme.

    At least that way, if you came in here, someone would know what's wrong with some setting. Otherwise you are dealing with Linksys or Netgear.
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