Hah. Apple Mail autocorrected "speediest.net" ,… dammit it did it again: speedtest.net.

If you're on DSL and you're streaming more than 2 things you're likely going to have issues…. how do your pings start before the slowdown? can you keep a steady ping of (google's DNS server) going and see?

On Sep 22, 2013, at 6:29 PM, Jeff Jensen <jjensen at apache.org> wrote:

> Hello Ryan, thank you for the reply.
> The slowdowns happen on all computers.  Sometimes related to streaming
> (wife and 3 kids) - e.g. Netflix - noticeable speed improvement when
> it is stopped.  While at times it is likely/obviously internet speed,
> sometimes it has happened when no one has been streaming.  I've tried
> tracking to other background processes but don't get very far.  :-/
> This is where I wonder about a monitoring tool that lists the various
> process communications in descending order...
> We notice the slowdowns with general surfing, ping rates (especially
> as shown in games), and just using gmail is pokey.
> Noted on 3 user machines; I'm down to one server, which is only
> interactively used for admin stuff; tablet surfing noted slower at
> times/wifi, but not correlated yet.
> Yes, used the dslreports speed tests (did you mean speediest.net or a
> different one? that link went to "domain for sale"! :-).  The DSL
> router also shows the connect speed.  It seems accurate when I compare
> the two speed sources with low traffic.  Dslreports shows slowdowns at
> times when we do too, which helps correlate internet speed as cause.
> I'm at the highest DSL speed available in my area, so faster means
> switching service type which requires more effort and coordination
> than just the next level up!  While internet speed could be a good
> portion of the cause, I'd like to know before switching as well as
> have proper monitoring in place for future use.
> No, using a 24 port switch and only have one.  I have a couple of
> small ones - 8 port and 4 port used in a couple of rooms.  Are you
> hinting at a faulty switch?  I can possibly borrow a larger one if you
> think worth a check.
> On Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 5:57 PM, Ryan Coleman <ryanjcole at me.com> wrote:
>> First thing: Is the problem occurring on just one computer or many?
>> Have you run internet speed tests like speediest.net? 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 apache.org> 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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