I’m sort of a LAN and NIC dummy. But I’ve noticed lately that my download speeds are off to about 1.5 Mbit from my previous 3.9Mbit speeds on my cable modem. I’ve played around with this for a bit, here’s what I’ve done:
Confirmed that my second system (XP laptop) is still getting 3.7 Mbit speed.
Swapped router ports, updated JAVA version on both systems (speed tests run with JAVA).
Bypassed router for direct to modem trial.
I’ve not added or changed anything to my knowledge on this system (Win2000) other than routine updates to Windows and such.
This NIC is an onboard NVidia, and since I seem to have ruled out router or modem problems, I wonder if this NIC is screwed up somehow. I’m debating whether to go pick up a PCI NIC and try that to see if it runs at full speed, but has anyone got any ideas what I should check first on this system?
I don’t know how to test the actual NIC speed to see if it’s running at 10 or 100 speed.
edit: Just looked at the LAN properties in control panel, and it reports the connection is running at 100. Also, speed is the same in both I.E. and Firefox