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DSL Speed differences

Hi all. A quick question.

I am running 2 operating systems on my pc. Windows Server 2003 32bit and Windows XP 64bit. A couple of weeks ago my Server 2003 OS went down and for a while I was using the XP OS.

I was getting up and down speeds on my DSL connection of 3000/800 when using Server 2003. But when I switched to XP, my speeds dramatically increased, to 6000/2000. All these speeds were measured using BitTorrent downloads. I was used to a max of about 300kb/s down and 80kb/s up when grabbing multiple downloads using Server 2003. But doing the same thing on XP, my speeds went as high as 600kb/s down and 175kb/s up.

My Server 2003 OS is my full time system I use, which has tons of apps installed on it, many more I've tried and uninstalled and I remember having tried various network tweaks on it to improve DSL speeds. My XP OS is pretty much bare bones and completely clean, I only use it when I'm having problems with my main OS.

So the question is, why am I not getting my full DSL capacity on my Server 2003 system? I suspect the registry is bloated with garbage or maybe I fubar'd my network settings when I was dicking around. Where can I look to make changes or clean things up to get my DSL speeds back up?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-07-2005, 03:44 PM
 
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check out www.dslreports.com to tweak your dsl
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I don't think Bit Torrent downloads are the most accurate way of measuring network speed.
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I don't think Bit Torrent downloads are the most accurate way of measuring network speed.

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Been to dsl reports, that's one of the ways I tweaked things a while back. Maybe i'll visit them again and see what they say.

I agree that BT is hardly the best medium to test speeds(I'm not able to run any online speed tests on XP 64 as the ones I know of require Java, and Java won't install on my 64bit system), but something is up when I go from 3000/800 to 6000/2000 by using a different OS. If the difference had been a jump to say 4000/1000 I wouldn't even bother to investigate. But I was getting huge speeds boosts on XP 64 and I want those speeds on Server 2003.
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Yea BitTorrent isnt good for trying to determine your connection speed. oxygen mentioned dslreports.com, I also recommend that site to test the speed
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Yea BitTorrent isnt good for trying to determine your connection speed. oxygen mentioned dslreports.com, I also recommend that site to test the speed

Can't use the dslreports speed tests, they require Java.
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Honestly, if you're running a router, and have it properly set up to allow unencumbered Bittorrent uploading and downloading, and have the bittorrent client running off those opened up ports, you should be fine.

Obviously, you're concerned that a half hour download on your xp os easily turns into a 1 hour download on your 2003 server os. This sounds very strange, almost like it's bottlenecking your download, at least for bittorrent. Check your port settings in the program?
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Honestly, if you're running a router, and have it properly set up to allow unencumbered Bittorrent uploading and downloading, and have the bittorrent client running off those opened up ports, you should be fine.

Obviously, you're concerned that a half hour download on your xp os easily turns into a 1 hour download on your 2003 server os. This sounds very strange, almost like it's bottlenecking your download, at least for bittorrent. Check your port settings in the program?

Port settings on the router have never changed. I will check port settings on Bit Tornado on both OS's to see if they are configured the same. I may have frigged around with the settings on Server 2003.

I could care less about my downloads, hell 300kb/s keeps me happy. It was the amazing upload speed I was getting. I run an internet radio station and if I could get that extra 100kb/s up speed on 2003 I could start serving a better quality stream.
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I don't understand why your benchmarking with torrents? It all depends on when you open the file, who it connects to for the files, and THEIR upload speed... Yes, i've gotten some really nice number's with my torrent, i extended the port range and opened' and fwd'd them from my firewall (smoothwall OS).. google stest , and click the second one... choose the first server... my results were:
4237 down, 426 up..
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I don't understand why your benchmarking with torrents?
I do an incredible amount of downloading via Bittorrent. I had done regular, non-BT benchmarks on my 2003 system and knew that my speed was about 3000/800.

It just so happended that while using XP 64 I saw my speeds increase dramatically. No matter how many files I would download at once or how many quality sources I had, I have never gotten more than 3000/800 on my 2003 system. So something is up when the first time I go to use BT on my XP 64 system, I'm suddenly getting 6000/2000 speeds.

I have a few settings to check over the weekend, I'm hoping to find something.
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did u change the port fwd rules to go from the s.2003 to 64bit? (or vise vera).. but honestly, unless u downloaded wit the same torrent to benchmark, it all depends on what connection THEY have. my isp called up and said that i was port scanning to much, and that "one or more programs is trying to connect on to many ports" (bittorrent), so i told them oh well and now the speeds are reduced :-(
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