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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Portland, OR

    Post FreeBSD Slow Download Speeds

    Hello Everyone,
    I recently had a OS change done on my server I went from Fedora Core 2 and now I am running FreeBSD 5.1. I use my server to host game servers and thatís about it so today I wanted to download a file from the server so first I pinged the server and I get 16 ms to the server I am trying to download so then I try to download the files using multiple ways like wget and when every I do that my download speed is 30kbs or lower. That is extremely bad since the I would be downloading files over 1 GB. So at first I thought it was maybe the network connection but the ping time didnít make sense so I setup proftp on the server I connect to it and I upload at 130kbs and I download at 140kbs that doesnít seem to make sense.

    I am new to FreeBSD but is there anyone that can help me figure what the problem is and how to fix it?

    Ifconfig Produces:

    rl0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
    inet 66.79.181.*** netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
    inet6 fe80::20d:61ff:fec0:11ba%rl0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1
    ether 00:0d:61:c0:11:ba
    media: Ethernet 100baseTX <full-duplex>
    status: active
    lp0: flags=8810<POINTOPOINT,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
    lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 16384
    inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128
    inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x3
    inet netmask 0xff000000

    rc.conf says:

    ifconfig_rl0="inet 66.79.181.*** media 100baseTX mediaopt full-duplex netmask"

    I've tried downloading from multiple servers in diffrent places and I get a max of 30kbs downloaded.

    There should not be any firewall or anything because this is just an out of the box install with minimum services running.

    If you can please help me i would apperciate it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ask your datacenter to confirm that the port you're on is 100Mbps full-duplex, not half-duplex (unlikely). Ask them to check the port statistics for errors; you may have a bad cable or a bad Ethernet interface in your server or a bad port on their switch. Run "dmesg -a" and "netstat -i" to see if there are errors being noted by the kernel, or significant error packet counts on the interface.

    Also, consider having an Ethernet card such as fxp0 added; the RealTek is kinda lousy, although it shouldn't be the reason alone for poor performance. Also, you should be running FreeBSD 5.4, nothing earlier in the 5.x track since those versions were pre-STABLE.


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