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Old Jul 20th, 2006, 06:52 PM   #1
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Slow download speeds on Mac OSX?

I'm having trouble getting my mac to run at full speed downloading.

Here's my proglem, I'm supposed to get 7Mbps down and 1Mbps up thru cable and what I'm getting on the mac is around 2Mbps down and 1Mbps up.

I've tested thru dslreports and speakeasy's speedtest with the same results. Downloading a file off apple or microsoft's servers is the same. Am I missing some settings here?

On my PC I can get around 7Mbps, so around 880kB/s, on speedtests and downloading from microsoft.

On my Mac, I can get only about 260kB/s. HOWEVER, when I'm running parallels and I download through Winxp I get get 880kB/s?

So that negates any hardware I'm thinking, because windows xp on the mac can get the speed, is it something i've configured wrong on the mac? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Jul 20th, 2006, 09:44 PM   #2
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What are you using (browser?) to download on OS X to get those speed measurements?

Suffice it to say that if this were a general problem, Apple would've addressed it long ago.
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Old Jul 20th, 2006, 10:30 PM   #3
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At what time of day are you testing at? If you are on cable; as more and more people turn on their TV sets at peek times, cable internet access takes a hit.
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Old Jul 21st, 2006, 01:44 AM   #4
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on OS X I tried safari and firefox and its the same results. I'm just confused, I'm running the same computer, both going to speakeasy's speetest, and yet i get triple the speed on the parallels running winxp than I get on os x.

The time shouldnt' matter, because I'm doing this right after one another, I try on winxp parallels and I get 6000+kbps, try it again on os x and I get 2000+kbps. Its like something is limiting the bandwidth on os x. I'm trying to figure out if I just did something stupid and made it that way.
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Old Jul 21st, 2006, 02:36 AM   #5
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K I've got os x tiger 10.4.7 on my Pismo 400Mhz... and Rogers Extreme and Im getting on average with Safari around 4700kbps-4832kbps download speed... and upload is 700kbps-715kbps I dont know what sort of connection you guy's have but my os x works fine! No speed limit's here! Are you using it through wireless? Maybe your getting some sort of interferance?!? Mine is wired with a Cat5e cable.

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Old Jul 21st, 2006, 02:32 PM   #6
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seems I'm having the same problem as 'Doughboy' over at the osx forums...I'm relieved that I'm not the only person (

I have an intel imac and a macbook and both suffer from download speeds...imac is connected via wired ethernet, so wireless isn't the problem.

I was on Telus ADSL before but switched to Shaw Xtreme for the faster speeds, that I won't be getting unless I use windows! The OP on the macosx forums can change their modem, but I have no choice but to use the motorola docsis modem...

I'll search more to see if there's a workaround or some fix
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Old Jul 21st, 2006, 03:38 PM   #7
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i use this test primarily..

and on a 3meg bell dsl.. im getting
4194 down 650 up

on an intel iMac connected via ethernet
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Old Jan 26th, 2012, 08:10 AM   #8
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i have an intel iMac and a macbook pro and an iPhone and having an issue with the iMac with slow download speeds. my iPhone and macbook pro are fine with speed tests showing between 15-20 meg but my iMac speed tests are only about 2meg. they are all wireless and are all used to do the tests at the same desk and at the same time of day (one test after the other). i even have trouble streaming youtube sometimes on the iMac it can be that slow. I can also play my ps3 online with no lag. anyone know why this might be the case?
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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #10
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MAC slow download speed

I have just purchased a MacBook Pro and am experiencing extremely slow download speeds. I was downloading an anti-virus program. The Mac said it would take 47 minutes. I went to my PC and downloaded the same program, at the same time, and it only took it 2 minutes!

They are both wireless connections on the same network, and obviously, both downloads were being done at the same time.

Now I'm downloading software updates of 1.44GB and it's only going to take 14 hours!

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