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    Slow Internet connection in Ubuntu vs. Windows 7

    Hey all,

    I'm a noob to Ubunutu Mate, but it's part of a Windows 7/Ubunutu Mate dual boot system I use.

    Not sure why, but the connection to the Internet is not as fast in Ubuntu as it is in Win 7. I'm hard-wired connected to a the modem, connected to the router -- my step-father is the principle user, and he's connected as well to the modem. In Windows 7, the connection screams. No problems. In Ubuntu, it's not as fast -- not noticeable until I open a few tabs in Firefox, have a Youtube ready to go and things like that.

    Some current settings:
    Per Ifconfig:
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr c8:60:00:bf:b3:28
    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
    inet6 addr: fe80::ca60:ff:febf:b328/64 Scope:Link
    RX packets:8238911 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:3585738 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:12270020215 (12.2 GB) TX bytes:250251441 (250.2 MB)

    Network settings (in Ubuntu: System > Administration > Network
    GENERAL: My name; nothing under Domain name.
    HOSTS: Local Host and My name show IP

    I'm wondering if I'll need to change the DNS to match settings on the router as given by our Internet provider, but I'm not sure.

    Any input would be appreciated.



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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    DNS settings will only affect the time to establish a connection, not the throughput speed. Show the output of "cat /etc/resolv.conf". In any case, your network connections should be configured to use your ISP DNS server addresses before your local router address (such as, or whatever). If you are configured to only use your router for a DNS server, it will have to relay all DNS requests to the ISP, and that does add latency to the system.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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