Download speed problems



  • The specs of the machine
    2200+ amd cpu @1.8ghz
    256mb ddr ram
    8gig harddrive
    1 intel pro 10/100 nic card
    1 d-link 530 10/100 nic card
    running pfSense-1.2.2 installed on hard drive
    Problems are as follows
    The download speed never goes higher than 5 mbs no matter where i try .
    When i use my old WRT-54g running Tomato i get upwards of 90Mbs no problem .
    I have cable with 7Mbs down connection with power boost .



  • 5 mb down on a 7mb connection is not that bad.  has it occurred to you to wonder how you could possibly be getting 90mb down on your old router on a 7mb connection?



  • @danswartz:

    5 mb down on a 7mb connection is not that bad.  has it occurred to you to wonder how you could possibly be getting 90mb down on your old router on a 7mb connection?

    Its called speed boost seems not to work with pfsense .I used pfsense for years till something changed and thought i would try it .



  • Have you checked the speed/duplex the WAN nic is negotiating?



  • @danswartz:

    Have you checked the speed/duplex the WAN nic is negotiating?

    Yes I have 100Mb



  • Traffic shaping enabled??



  • so as not to be confused, network traffic is generally measured in Mbits/sec that is Megabits per second, not MB/s or Megabytes per second.



  • @ColdFusion:

    Traffic shaping enabled??

    No it is not
    If i have time i may try pfsense out again today and see it helps running for a longer period of time .because i never had problems before .
    The one problem could it be the intel 10/100 pro card i have read that is a problem in unix .



  • how are you validating these speeds you speak of?  if your not already, you should install iperf on your pfsense box then run iperf from a machine on your LAN. that will at least test the speed between your LAN network card and your workstation.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    @cdx304:

    If i have time i may try pfsense out again today and see it helps running for a longer period of time .because i never had problems before .
    The one problem could it be the intel 10/100 pro card i have read that is a problem in unix

    Intel cards are well-supported. The other card is more likely to cause you trouble.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    @phospher:

    how are you validating these speeds you speak of?  if your not already, you should install iperf on your pfsense box then run iperf from a machine on your LAN. that will at least test the speed between your LAN network card and your workstation.

    That isn't always accurate. I have seen some pretty wild results with iperf running on a pfSense box, especially one with limited CPU. It's better to test with an iperf box on the WAN side and on the LAN side, to test the actual throughput.



  • @jimp

    i agree with you but based on the specs he provided i would think that the box should not have much of a problem xfering 90+ Mbits/s granted he isnt using a lot of resources on the box. Also, while an iperf box on the wan and lan side of the firewall is a good way to test throughput it may not help determine if the sloweness is the cause of a hardware issue because he's then limited by any upstream bottlenecks too and it may be difficult to differentiate the two.

    So i guess i would recommend both or add a third interface to your box and test across those as youll be able to keep all the traffic internal.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Or unplug from your real WAN and plug into another test box there. :)



  • Yeah, that too ;D



  • Oh boy, quite a confusing thread. So cdx, are you saying you have a 90 Mbits/s connection and before installing pfsense you were able to get 70Mbits/s out of that? And now you only get 5? Or have you been able to fix that by now? I would really like to know why this problem occurs.



  • correct me if i am wrong but any docsis 2.0 modem will max out @ around 40MB (30Rated) before locking up(even if it doesnt you will get stability problems). no way cox/comcast does speedboost to 90M unless you have a 3.0 modem hacked. 3.0 is rated to 100M.
    The only time i have seen the 50+ speed is on a hacked or cox tech modem. But none of this is real world, cox has recently started to use their powerboost to inflate numbers on speedtest sites. so you 90 is not really 90 is highly inflated just for that app. right now cox and speakeasy.com give me 12M but qwest and cox business both give me 7M. theres a reason tech support wants you to go to speakeasy.com. the reason cox business is more accurate is because business customers are guaranteed to get the speed they pay for.
    I have cox get 32M on my 2.0 modem sometimes but pay for 9M, on average its about 18M

    heres cox's business test, do the 2 or 3rd option for high speed users.
    http://speedtest.cox-oc.net/



  • The Speedboost he's referring to is a feature in DD-WRT.  However, there's no way it'll increase his internet connection speed.  It's the equivalent of Turbo-G/ Speedboost/ Superspeed/ G-Plus found in Wireless-G routers to exceed the normal 54Mbps on Wireless-G connections.


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