Is my Internet connection slow because of my modem or just because that is the speed it is?

by on July 19, 2012

Q: I currently own a Siemens Speedstream 4100 ADSL modem and use with with AT&T’s elite DSL package. However, it seems my internet speed is EXTREMELY slow. I know the modem is several years old, and am looking for an upgrade. I already have a netgear router, but if I must, I’ll be happy to get a modem/router combo. However, I’m pretty stupid when it comes down to speed rate. This modem boasts 240 MBPS, however, at the height of its broadcasting, my connection is only showing 36.0Mbps. Is there a brand of modem I should upgrade to? And what would be the best Mbps rate out there, currently. Any advise would be appreciated!


One Response to “Is my Internet connection slow because of my modem or just because that is the speed it is?”
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    Run a Speed test and ping test, and post the results here:
    http://www.pingtest.net/
    http://www.speedtest.net/

    Note that the 240 value on the modem is just what the modem is capable of. You’re still at the mercy of what speed connection you purchased from AT&T, and how busy their network actually is.

    Also, as you’re comparing internet plans make sure to note the following:

    Mbps stands for megabits per second
    MBps stands for megabytes per second.

    1 byte = 8 bits
    So
    240Mbps = 30 MBps

    The fastest internet connection you can buy is dependent on your location and how much money you’re willing to spend.

    Popular options at least in my area include Verizon FIOS and Comcast.

    Try this page to see what Internet Service providers are operating in your area: http://www.dslreports.com/search