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Landlord Internet shenanigans or just crappy service?

KalTorakKalTorak Registered User regular
edited August 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So the internet connection at my new apartment is spotty. Sometimes it's fine, sometimes it's completely dead until I toggle my wifi card on and off, sometimes even toggling my wifi doesn't help it come back, and sometimes it's just really slow (like it loads some pages slower than dial-up, or loads pages halfway, or loads some pages like Google News but doesn't load the forums at the same time).

What I'm trying to get is a free utility that will monitor my internet connection and speed, and let me have a graphical representation of it so I can point to the line and say "The connection cut out at this time, and at this time, at this time it was slow, etc. etc." I know about the online internet speed tests, but they don't really help me because the only time they're usable is when my connection is working normally; when it's not, I usually can't even get to the test site.

Also I'm on a Mac. Anyone know of something like this? Thanks.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Does iStumbler do logging?

  • KalTorakKalTorak Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    So I haven't had much luck finding a program, but I'm wondering about my situation in general now, since it seems a bit odd.

    My landlord owns two houses next to each other; I just moved into the basement suite of one of them. In all my previous apartments, each unit had its own, individual internet connection (usually Comcast). The landlord got involved at the beginning to get the new connection put in, but for the most part I (the tenant) dealt directly with Comcast and the account was in my name. I paid the bill directly, the landlord didn't deal with them at all.

    In my new place, the landlord has a single connection for the two houses which he networks - there's a wireless network that all the tenants have the password for, and there is an ethernet port in each unit. He pays the bill and then splits the cost among the tenants each month.

    As you can guess from my opening post, I've had problems with the network - at first I thought it was just bad reception from being in the basement, but when I plugged into the ethernet the connection stayed dead or very very slow. My landlord has come and reset the cable modem a few times (tenants aren't allowed access to it) and says he just got Comcast to agree to replace the modem. He also claims that a lot more people have moved into the area recently and that Comcast's neighborhood node can't handle it. When it's up, the connection seems fast - I clocked it at around 15 mbps a few times. But then it'll just fail, when I start doing something internet-intensive (like streaming Netflix) or, I suspect, when one of the other tenants does.

    Network troubles aside, is this setup a normal one for multi-unit houses? I've never had an apartment where I wasn't in direct control of my internet connection.

  • EshEsh Tending bar. Eating out. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Can't really tell you. Call Comcast and find out.

    Otherwise, get your own connection to Comcast and just bypass the landlord and his shitty connection.

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  • DeebaserDeebaser Lead Frog Rammer Fake Board GamerRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    That is a wierd set up. If you're all sharing one router, it's possible that one or more tenants may be using utorrent or something. That will fuck up the rest of the network right-quick. I'm guessing 4 people streaming HD netflix isn't too awesome either.

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. Eating out. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Deebaser wrote: »
    That is a wierd set up. If you're all sharing one router, it's possible that one or more tenants may be using utorrent or something. That will fuck up the rest of the network right-quick. I'm guessing 4 people streaming HD netflix isn't too awesome either.

    Exactly. My guess is that someone (or someones) are doing some heavy streaming/torrenting/downloading/porning.

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  • CrashtardCrashtard Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Esh wrote: »
    Deebaser wrote: »
    That is a wierd set up. If you're all sharing one router, it's possible that one or more tenants may be using utorrent or something. That will fuck up the rest of the network right-quick. I'm guessing 4 people streaming HD netflix isn't too awesome either.

    Exactly. My guess is that someone (or someones) are doing some heavy streaming/torrenting/downloading/porning.

    Shared connection that goes down at similar times ever day? Have to agree with the others on this one. If you can afford your own connection, then you should probably do so. Make sure the landlord doesn't charge you for the shared one if you do that though.

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