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Hello all, I'm a little confused by this. I did a FreeBSD 6.1 (release) instal on my Dell Dimension 4500: Intel Pentium4 @ 2Ghz w/ 512kb L2 cache Seagate 80gb ...
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    My cable internet connection seems slower than dial up!!!


    Hello all,
    I'm a little confused by this. I did a FreeBSD 6.1 (release) instal on my
    Dell Dimension 4500:
    Intel Pentium4 @ 2Ghz w/ 512kb L2 cache
    Seagate 80gb 7200.9 HDD
    1024Mb Kingston RAM (2x 512Mb @333Mhz)
    ATI Rage 128 AGP 32Mb Vid card
    Sound Blaster Audigy2 soundcard
    D-Link DFE 530TX+ 10/100 ethernet card

    From the ethernet card I connect to a Linksys EZXS55W 5 port 10/100 Workgroup Switch. Which is then connected to a Linksys WRT54g Wireless/ Wired router and finally from there I connect to a cable modem which was supplied by my isp (Time Warner/ Road Runner).

    Everything works great (Install, setup, & config), it all went as smooth as can be. However the problem I seem to be having is related to my internet connection/ speed. It appears as though when ever I install a package via ports the initial download speed runs consistently below 10Kbs. Then when I boot into Windows (RELUCTANTLY, sorry I forgot to mention that I dual boot WinXP and FreeBSD) and download anything on that side of the fence my D/L speed remains consistently at about 300Kbs.

    Is this a common thing after installing *BSD???

    or...

    Is there something I can tweak to adjust my internet connection speed???

    As always any suggestions would be much appreciated, thanx

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    Slow download speed

    when you are behind your router did you by chance set your IP to static instead of DHCP?

    perhaps also resetting your router might help as well, or try a different port on your router?

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    Nope, I set it to DHCP....

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    Do you still have a dialup speed connection if you hook directly to the roadrunner modem?

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    The ports sites might be busy.
    You can get a good speed measurement from speakeasy.net here:


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    there I connect to a cable modem which was supplied by my isp (Time Warner/ Road Runner). It appears as though when ever I install a package via ports the initial download speed runs consistently below 10Kbs.
    That is slow. Is the problem with Time Warner not supported BSD?

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    Nah...Time Warner isn't the problem. I used them while I was in Texas with no problems.

    southpaw: Try 'netstat -I<interface_name> -b'. Do you see anything in the 'Ierrs' or 'Oerrs' columns? Also, check the output of 'ifconfig <interface_name>'. See if the 'media' line reads something like:

    media: Ethernet autoselect (100baseTX <full-duplex,flag0,flag1>)
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    Hi guys... note that this thread is more than 2 years old. I'm going to lock it for that reason.

    Please feel free to start a fresh thread with any issues that you might be having.

    Sorry for any inconvenience...
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