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    Web hangs up (WindowsXP Pro SP2)

    I have just switched to satelitte broadband, advertised speed as 512/212 in reality 64 kilobytes per sec..
    When I am loading a web page, Microsoft the worst, it seems to hang for quite some time while loading the page.
    Sometimes it will stop altogether and although ' Refresh ' will sometimes help I find it better to select Stop, return to my Home page and start again.
    I regularly clean out my cookies but whether I have a lot or or just a few it doesn't seem to make much difference,
    Is there a way I might improve on loading web pages?

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    Re: Web hangs up (WindowsXP Pro SP2)

    On the subtle distinction between KBps and Kbps (What?? You don't see any difference??), see <!post=this post,614,859>this post<!/post>.

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    Re: Web hangs up (WindowsXP Pro SP2)

    Go to http://www.dslreports.com/stest and run a test ot two.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Web hangs up (WindowsXP Pro SP2)

    Welcome to the Lounge!

    Microsoft website is highly oriented on your computer configuration (locale, default language, component versions, etc.), that's why it requires for a lot of information to be uploaded from your computer to website server.

    Some information from Wikipedia:

    Satellite internet also has a high latency problem caused by the signal having to travel 35,000 km (22,000 miles) out into space to the satellite and back to Earth again. The signal delay can be as much as 500 milliseconds to 900 milliseconds, which makes this service unsuitable for applications requiring real-time user input such as certain multiplayer Internet games and first-person shooters played over the connection. Despite this, it is still possible for many games to still be played, but the scope is limited to real-time strategy or turn-based games. The functionality of live interactive access to a distant computer can also be subject to the problems caused by high latency. These problems are more than tolerable for just basic email access and web browsing and in most cases are barely noticeable.

    There is no simple way to get around this problem. The delay is primarily due to the speed of light being only 300,000 km/second (186,000 miles per second). Even if all other signaling delays could be eliminated it still takes the electromagnetic wave 233 milliseconds to travel from ground to the satellite and back to the ground, a total of 70,000 km (44,000 miles) to travel from you to the satellite company.

    Since the satellite is being used for two-way communications, the total distance increases to 140,000 km (88,000 miles), which takes a radio wave 466 ms to travel. Factoring in normal delays from other network sources gives a typical connection latency of 500-700 ms. This is far worse latency than even most dial-up modem users experience, at typically only 150-200 ms total latency.

    Most satellite Internet providers also have a FAP (Fair Access Policy). Perhaps one of the largest cons against satellite Internet, these FAPs usually throttle a user's throughput to dial-up speeds after a certain "invisible wall" is hit (usually around 200MB a day). This FAP usually lasts for 24 hours after the wall is hit, and a user's throughput is restored to whatever tier they paid for. This makes bandwidth-intensive activities nearly impossible to complete in a reasonable amount of time (examples include PtP and newsgroup binary downloading).

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    Re: Web hangs up (WindowsXP Pro SP2)

    Thanks Dave for the link.

    I, too, have just moved to satellite broadband and was wondering where I might go to check speed.

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