Try using PING PLOTTER. Its freeware. You choose a destination, tell it to run multiple instances over a period of time. It will tell you a lot about the path to the sites you frequent. Shows you packet loss, where it happens, and ping times for the various hops. Your puter needs to be set to allow icmp echo. Look at your actiontecs transceiver stats, This will tell you line noise and power levels of your connection.
The internet is an ever changing beast, never the same and changes especially during high peak times. I will put up a pic of each so you can see what things look like.
Note with ping plotter, a hop with 100% packet loss does not mean 100% packet loss, it means that that hop has icmp off.
Fastpath will only deal with the 1st hop. You can be on fastpath but that does not mean the internet is working as it should. For me, with Fastpath on it's an 8ms hop, off its a 24ms hop.................
I hope you did all the updates for your XP machine before MS stopped providing them! If not try an update, see if some security patches are still available.
I no nada about MAC, Apple to proprietary for me.
Post up pics of your transceiver stats and ping plots. There are peeps here who might
be able to offer some advice based on them. You have to understand the Verizon DSL is on its way out! Takes some time a Google the subject.
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