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Lately, my Internet doesn't seem to be able to keep a constant connection. Problems include online videos not loading fully or downloads just stopping midway. On YouTube, sometimes changing the quality resumes the video and this has to be done several times throughout the video. Other times I have to refresh the page to get it to do anything. Weird thing is, there is no sign of any connection problems between the computer and router and to the rest of the Internet. I can play online multiplayer games without disconnecting. Oh and also, Skype messages lag from time to time. I don't receive messages until several minutes later after they are sent. What could be the problem?
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Unless you have a faulty router, modem or poor cable connection, it sounds like you need a faster plan. Believe it or not, online games take far less bandwidth than streaming HD content.
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Is this mainly in an internet browser?  Which one?

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Unless you have a faulty router, modem or poor cable connection, it sounds like you need a faster plan. Believe it or not, online games take far less bandwidth than streaming HD content.

Not sure how to check if router is faulty. The lights don't show anything out of the ordinary. Also my plan is fast enough to stream 1080p. It just stops for no reason and does not buffer any more at random points.

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Is this mainly in an internet browser?  Which one?

I used to use Firefox until like a week ago where I switched to Chrome to see if anything would change. Same problems. Also when using SSH if I don't carry out any activity on the connection, it takes a long time for it to respond to my next request. Not sure if that is normal or not.
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Not sure how to check if router is faulty. The lights don't show anything out of the ordinary. Also my plan is fast enough to stream 1080p. It just stops for no reason and does not buffer any more at random points.
I used to use Firefox until like a week ago where I switched to Chrome to see if anything would change. Same problems. Also when using SSH if I don't carry out any activity on the connection, it takes a long time for it to respond to my next request. Not sure if that is normal or not.

Youtube doesn't download the entire clip from the get go. Streaming of the begging of the video is prioritized and then stops until you get near that point. If your connection is not able to pick up the slack from the point on the video will stop to load. What's your connection speed?
post #6 of 13
Is it a router given by a provider or one that you bought?

I had a disconnect issue, but it was a router connected to the Verizon router that was the problem. I replaced it with a switch and problem is gone.
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Youtube doesn't download the entire clip from the get go. Streaming of the begging of the video is prioritized and then stops until you get near that point. If your connection is not able to pick up the slack from the point on the video will stop to load. What's your connection speed?

Only just enough to stream 1080p. Download speeds can go up to around 700KB/s. Last time I did a speed test was around 5Mbps I think so yeah. This doesn't only happen on YouTube. It also happens on other sites where it is playing at 360p and sometimes it will load the whole video but sometimes just stops loading midway through.
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Is it a router given by a provider or one that you bought?

I had a disconnect issue, but it was a router connected to the Verizon router that was the problem. I replaced it with a switch and problem is gone.

It was provided.
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post #8 of 13
You're going to get 10% of the listed speed as actual download speed. You may be able to get slightly more or less depending on how well optimized your network and PC are as well as what equipment you're using. If there other people using your network it will effect speeds, heavy usage from other people living near you may also slightly effect your speed. However, 5mb/s is not fast enough for HD content IMO.
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You're going to get 10% of the listed speed as actual download speed. You may be able to get slightly more or less depending on how well optimized your network and PC are as well as what equipment you're using. If there other people using your network it will effect speeds, heavy usage from other people living near you may also slightly effect your speed. However, 5mb/s is not fast enough for HD content IMO.

Well I have been able to stream 1080p videos (depending on the site) for several months. It's just recently everything is acting up. Even sometimes loading OCN, it never actually 'stops' loading. The browser still indicates that it is loading something.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by leekaiwei View Post

Well I have been able to stream 1080p videos (depending on the site) for several months. It's just recently everything is acting up. Even sometimes loading OCN, it never actually 'stops' loading. The browser still indicates that it is loading something.

That's odd, have you tried clearing your cache/cookies?
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