Slow Internet at college on Vista PC in comparison to Mac
Hi like to start off with thanking anyone for any help or information I can get. Sorry for the wall of text just wanted to make sure you had all the information.
I go to a relatively small college about 2,500 people. Our school has wireless internet throughout the whole campus and direct plug ins strewn throughout (in every dorm room and classrooms). I have never been able to get wireless to work, but i've never needed it, and always just plug directly in.
The internet is pretty slow. takes a few mins to load a youtube video, general web searching is fast enough to put up with, but if you want to watch any extended video, play a game online, download any sorta of file, or do anything with like extended access, (had to watch a 45 minute video online for one of my classes... took over an hour to load half of it, then the internet shut off or rebooted making it so i couldn't watch the video cause there was no way to rewind or something so i would of had to sit there for an hour till it got to the right spot.
I've done a lot of research online, which brought me to this website, and the common consensus is that colleges limit their users bandwidth for certain activities giving them slower internet so no specific people are hogging all the bandwidth of the college. For instance the college does not let you do any P2P, which i'm totally ok with. They do however let kids stream full length movies, who let them just sit there and download overnight.
Supposedly from a post on here i read in 2005 this is because the college is blocking support and identifying some programs as not deeming the need for bandwidth. Is there anyway to make my internet faster for things such as an online game? From what I've read there isn't. But the interesting thing is the kids with Mac books or more specifically Mac book Pro's get really fast internet and are able to game online without their programs lagging up. My computer on the other hand receives really quick internet for the first 5 mins of being in a game and then it lags down really bad.
The ability to have quick internet is there, i receive it for the first couple mins of being in a game, and the kids with mac books are getting extended quality fast internet. Why do they get faster internet with a Mac? How can i get this faster internet on my PC? How can i extend the period of time where my computer receives fast internt before it slows down tremendously?
p.s. they way i've dealt with the problem so far is to just exit the game and then re-log-in after the internet gets slow. i then get another couple of minutes of fast internet before it slows down again
Thanks for all your help sorry for the wall of text just wanted to make sure i got all the needed information out there.