I have finally been able to get something faster than dial-up at my house and I have a question or two about it.
The "tower" I'm communicating with is less than 1/2 mile from my house with a perfectly clear line of sight. When the service was first installed it provided a consistent 1.0 meg up and down. There was no noticeable delays when you clicked on a link. After a couple of weeks the service went out entirely. I was told my radio had gone bad but after no technician came to the house and the service came back on a day later, I was told it was an issue somewhere else in the network. I can buy that except.......
Since that day, the response is like a Yo-Yo....fast, slow, fast, slow. One speed test will show 1.0 meg up and down, the next will always be .3 (approx) down and 1.0 meg up. Wait a minute or two and it's 1.0 down and up again. Try another speed test and you'll get .3 or so again. Up load is not affected. The provider says that this is normal if you do back to back speed tests. Somehow I doubt this. File downloads do the same thing.
Start a file download and it will run 1 meg and then fall off to nearly nothing. It picks up again only to fall off again a minute later. I've tried multiple sites to download from and the service acts the same regardless. If I try to load two tabs in Firefox at once, one of them most likely will time out as unable to load.
My computer is Intel i5 with 6 meg ram, Windows 7 and a Belkin router which is direct cabled to the computer. My wireless laptop does the same things as the desktop so I don't think it's a computer issue. Also the service will do the same if I go directly into my desktop (disconnect the router).
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Is my provider pulling my leg about back to back speed tests? If not, why does the service act this way for average browsing?