Last Friday I downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview, probably the biggest single download I've ever performed (3.63GB).
I don't have the world's fastest DSL service, but it seemed to take an awfully long time to finish the download -- till well into Saturday. More important than the nominal download speed, though, was what started to happen next: Saturday afternoon I started to experience dropouts in my Intenet service. Many websites would not load, others only partially. A cloud backup on Saturday night ran like molasses, and never did actually finish.
The problems continued into Sunday and Monday. By Monday night, it had gotten to the point where I couldn't even retrieve my e-mail into Outlook from Verizon's servers. Attempts to access Verizon webmail directly via browser (IE8 and Firefox) could not open the page. Oddly, I could do Google searches, but clicking on result links would open to pages that would never finish loading.
In case the problem had to do with my main computer, I tried other PCs on my network, but they had no better luck getting to my homepage (or anyplace else on the Web).
So, Tuesday afternoon I spent an hour with Verizon tech support. He ran through a wide array of tests and procedures, eventually settling on the Verizon-supplied router as the source of the problem. I have a new one on the way.
Now, however, just a few hours later, everything seems to be working fine again. This change, and the sequence of events, reminded me that the last time I did a very large >1GB download, I also experienced sluggish Internet performance -- and also ended up ordering a new router, which I then cancelled because the old one stopped acting up after my tech support call!
I don't want to point any accusatory fingers, but this happening for the second time does make me wonder: Is it possible that there may be some kind of hidden, unofficial bandwidth throttling that makes it look like my router is acting up? Have you heard of anything like this being done "behind the scenes" by this or other ISPs? Or, is it possible that the router experienced some kind of burnout that it took a few days to recover from?
Ideas, hints, or cynical conspiracy theories are welcome. (Please identify as to which of these they are. )
This post has been edited by JorgeA: 06 December 2011 - 11:59 PM