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Mobile Broadband speed suddenly reduced?

asked 2012-12-14 12:09:22 -0600

keshavmishra gravatar image

updated 2012-12-14 12:10:52 -0600

After the limited bandwidth ended, the speed was reasonable enough to surf easily,but suddenly from yesterday,the speed has been reduced exponentially and even Fedora's startup page is taking a lot of time.How to check if any program is consuming or enhance the speed?

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answered 2012-12-14 13:16:50 -0600

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Monitoring network bandwidth can be a tricky issue.

First of all, I would check run a speedtest from a public website, such as See what speeds you are getting - if they are slow, then it's likely that you just have a slow internet connection!

If you think the problem might be on your computer though - one application hogging the network bandwidth, then you should try iftop.

To install iftop:

sudo yum install iftop

Now run it:

sudo iftop

Press Q to exit iftop. To learn more about the tool, run:

man iftop
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+1 for neatly explaining things...

Jomoos gravatar imageJomoos ( 2012-12-17 01:51:08 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-12-16 01:36:55 -0600

A good place to start is with the quality of the connection itself. You can run a traceroute to a well known site to see if packets are getting dropped, and by who:

su -c 'yum install mtr' su -c 'mtr'

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