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Why is the internet slower when it's raining?


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#1    Flibbertigibbet

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:32 PM

Has anyone noticed this or is it just me? I mean really heavy rain for hours on end. It's like wading through treacle at times.


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:37 PM

It would depend on your connection. Wireless, Sat or cable. I would assume the first two would be slower or even effected by rain and lightening.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:44 PM

Rainy day = more people inside, surfing web.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:46 PM

View PostEldorado, on 01 May 2012 - 12:44 PM, said:

Rainy day = more people inside, surfing web.

lol

That's what I thought too. I wouldn't have though technology would be much affected.


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:00 PM

I know someone who has connection problems when there's clouds around. They block his signal.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:04 PM

Either too much traffic or bad signal.

I have satellite TV at home and when the weather get really bad I sometimes experience problems.

Shouldn't happen too often though. If it's a common thing for you and it's not about traffic, I suggest you check with your ISP.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:05 PM

View PostFlibbertigibbet, on 01 May 2012 - 12:46 PM, said:

That's what I thought too. I wouldn't have though technology would be much affected.

I was kinda kidding.  It's probably a combination of bad weather affecting connections, and real busy servers.  Damp weather affects the static electricity around us... I think.


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:12 PM

View PostJayMark, on 01 May 2012 - 01:04 PM, said:

Either too much traffic or bad signal.

I have satellite TV at home and when the weather get really bad I sometimes experience problems.

Shouldn't happen too often though. If it's a common thing for you and it's not about traffic, I suggest you check with your ISP.

Maybe I'll suggest that to the school. Not that it's a major problem, just a mild hassle sometimes.


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:09 PM

I reckon it's because that in Cheshire once the trails get flooded, it's difficult for the Pony Express to get the signal distributed!



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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:40 PM

I live in Seattle where it rains all the time. Internet is no slower when it rains, nor is it faster when the sun is out.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 07:11 PM

View PostFlibbertigibbet, on 01 May 2012 - 12:32 PM, said:

Has anyone noticed this or is it just me? I mean really heavy rain for hours on end. It's like wading through treacle at times.

If you have satellite internet then  the rain will effect the signal level making the speed slower

If you have  telephone DSL, the outside connections may be getting water into them, which will slow the speed down

IF  water is NOT getting into the DSL system, then your internet will run fast   regardless what the weather is


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