First thing: Is the problem occurring on just one computer or many?

Have you run internet speed tests like Have you tried running against other servers (you can pick the server on their site)?

Do you have other switches to try (if you're using a switch)?

On Sep 22, 2013, at 5:48 PM, Jeff Jensen <jjensen at> wrote:

> I'm having some home network speed problems and am seeking advice for
> software and/or hardware to help resolve.  I'm having troubles
> determining if it is internal traffic only or ISP/internet speed.
> I setup bandwidthd and review its generated charts, but I'm not sure
> if it sees all traffic, even with the server in promiscuous mode.  It
> sees quite a bit though, so maybe it does.  However, I'm having
> difficulty ascertaining what it's telling me, especially whether it's
> external vs internal traffic; and it's limited charts.  My guess is I
> need a different tool but I don't know which one.  I know of tools
> like WireShark, but need a higher-level tool that summarizes and
> coordinates.
> Currently, CenturyLink DSL is my ISP and have the Zyxel Q1000Z DSL
> router.  The router is ok, but doesn't offer much
> manageability/reporting/monitoring.  And it's stupid enough to not
> offer discovered hosts back to DNS (especially the names!).  It was
> cheap, so can't complain...
> So I'm wondering is it a software tool I should use or perhaps a
> better router with it built in (or both of course!).  I wonder about
> one of the DD-WRT routers, but not sure if that's still the
> recommended approach or are there better ones/approaches now.
> I setup Nagios many years ago for fun/to learn and for practical
> notification on servers and internet status.  My prior DSL router
> (before the high speed upgrade) was a little Cisco and had limited
> SNMP support, so I configured Nagios to tell me what it could; current
> one has no SNMP or monitoring support.  I mention this as ideally I'd
> like to have nagio monitor this stuff again, but also in more detail
> than the prior router to know what is going on.
> I might change to cable in the future, so isolating the setup with a
> new router in bridge mode to the DSL or cable device may be part of
> the equation (vs a new DSL router), if a new router is in the
> recommended solution.  If so, then my question includes which ones are
> the regarded as the better ones for home networking for someone with
> much higher desire for monitoring abilities.
> So knowing this group has a lot more experience than I do at this
> (many of you do this full time!), if anyone has any suggestions based
> on my ramblings, I would appreciate them!  The only caveat for me is
> it's the home network, so not going to setup something with high cost
> as a proper business would.
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