Incoming: 1536 kbps
Not very speedy by today's standards. We have very fast internet at the house but I take my older MacBook Pro along when I volunteer at a local museum. They have the same service speed as you and the Mac, which is a speedy performar on cable at home, can take a long time to load some pages.
Another factor is "ping." In simplest terms, it is how long it takes the computer to negotiate witht a server. I've used 1500 kbps internet in a location that had a long ping time and it "felt" worse than dial-up. The ping at home is 40-100 depending on the server; the ping in that other location was about 2200. Nearly useless.
You can use this online tool to see both your ping and down/upload speeds:
Post what you get for "ping."
Every year, web pages get more complex and that means the slower speeds feel slower yet. You have enough computer but may be suffering from a too-slow ISP.
Oh, and welcome! Should have said that first!
I pay for the basic DSL rate.
I havent loaded any adobe or flash player or anything yet.
peolple have told me not to load Adobe cause of bugs.
The speed test requires a few things I am not sure of.
My other computer was so screwed up after years of downloade garbage and tests and stuff I am being cautious on this on..
I think jave should be "enabled" but dontkow how to tell.
When I figure it out I will post the rate
FWIW and as Alan pointed out, your DSL connection lags basic cable performance: usually at about 10 Mbps. I dropped DSL eight years ago because they couldn't provide their advertised speeds. The further you're away from their central office, the worse it gets. Don't know if cable's an option, but you might want to look into switching.
Since you're new, see these:
Switching from Windows to Mac OS X,
Basic Tutorials on using a Mac,
Mac 101: Mac Essentials,
Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts,
Anatomy of a Mac,
Switching to Mac Superguide, and
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition.
Additionally, *Texas Mac Man* recommends: