Why has our Internet speed dropped and how can we fix it?

Waheed Ahmad Khan December 1, 2012

I believe my landlord has limited the speed of the Internet as he came in last month and did some magic with the router.

We were able to play movies and live stream on our laptops, but now we can not and when we complained he told us he cannot do anything. Actually he is a networking guy and the router is in a locked room. Please help us out!

  1. Giggity Goebbels
    December 8, 2012 at 8:06 am


  2. Giggity Goebbels
    December 8, 2012 at 8:06 am

    It is possibly the isp fault too,but you can possibly hack the limit with linux,but that is not legal and you need to be a geek to figure everything out.you can use backtrack linux as one distro for hacking,but you are on your won there

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      http://www.backtrack-linux.org/ read some tutorials, shouldn't be too hard, if you pay for the network it's technically yours to. "Testing" on your own network is not a crime.

  3. Usman Mubashir
    December 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    without access to router, you can't do anything, if you can log into the router (using address like user:admin pass:admin) disable bandwidth restriction (if it is enabled)
    another aspect is that the landlord downloads all the time, so yo won't get enough bandwidth in which case nothing can be done except convincing your landlord to use less internet

  4. Rohit Pandey
    December 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    hey download software for unnecessary image and disable the pop up....
    u will get speed as per ur plan but u can manage it via some smartwork....
    can be from softwware or manually..........

  5. Vishal Srivastava
    December 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    If you are not paying your landlord money for internet, he has the right to cut down your internet. Try discussing the problem with him and offer him more money or buy yourself an internet connection.

  6. Jesse Manalansan
    December 4, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Check if your ISP has a bandwidth capping. One possible that internet speed drops is the number of users in a network/area or probably you have reached your capped, allocated bandwidth each month.

  7. James Bruce
    December 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    If you're paying for internet from the landlord and not an ISP yourself, then he is quite within his rights to do whatever he wants unless you've got some agreed standard of service.

    Why don't you just pay for your own internet?

  8. Alex Perkins
    December 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    More neighbours using more bandwidth could be limiting your speed too.

  9. Frank Murray
    December 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Unless you are paying the landlord for the internet you have no case.

  10. ha14
    December 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    you can try some software to try fix internet connection, but if the problem is from ISP then you have to contact them.

    firefox fasTun

  11. Rakesh Mishra
    December 2, 2012 at 7:29 am

    it is not in the hands of landlord only your ISP can manage the speed

  12. Jan Fritsch
    December 2, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Do you get your internet directly from the service provider or is it provided by your landlord?

    If you get it from the service provider call their support and they will look into it and may detect any unlawful alterations your landlord did.

    If you get it from your landlord ~ well there isn't really much you can do about it unless you have some contract that guarantees you a certain service (e.g. minimum speed).

    Finally there is always an option of a technical limitation e.g. if the phone line is bad or the system overloaded a DSL connection may be turned down to lower speeds to reduce load on the line or the DSLAM.

  13. Adam Campbell
    December 2, 2012 at 1:30 am

    It may not be your landlord, your ISP can cut the speed as well

  14. Jim Chambers
    December 2, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Offer the landlord a little more cash to reset speed to previous setting. He may have switched to a cheaper plan or ISP to make more money.

  15. Paul Pruitt
    December 2, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Try experimenting with surfing with:
    * Fastest Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fastestchrome-browse-fast/mmffncokckfccddfenhkhnllmlobdahm
    * Browser accelerator: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/browser-accelerator-speed/epbhcjccilaeipfapicchhgchfjdbinc?hl=en-US
    * New Speed Dial: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/novo-speed-dial/pecoijjbnfgchbingannphbflnoaeooc?hl=en-US

    Try searching Google for ways to promote video playback. Actually upgrading the hardware on your machine by getting an SSD (Solid State Drive) will improve surfing speed and video playback buffering issues without an increase in bandwidth.

    Also frankly sometimes bandwidth is shared so if you can use the internet at the middle of the night when everybody is in bed, things might improve :-).

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