Slow internet on Ubuntu on home network

I am having a problem with a very slow internet connection on my Ubuntu laptop when connecting from home. Browsing speeds are extremely slow, and the problem is seen with both Firefox and Chrome. (Firefox sometimes times out trying to load the Google home page.) If the same computer is logged into the domain at work, it is quite fast. I can connect to work via VPN at home, but this does not speed things up at all. Other computers connect to the same network at home are not slow.
I have tried disabling IPV6, but this did not help. It does not seem to be a DNS problem because if I type an ip address directly into the browser, it is still slow.
One curious thing is that if I pull up the Network Connections dialog, it says that Auto eth0 has never been used, even though that is what I thought I was using to connect.
GaryE1Asked:
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savoneCommented:
can you post the output of the following command?


sudo ifconfig -a
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GaryE1Author Commented:
sudo ifconfig -a:

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 5c:26:0a:18:d7:e0
             inet addr:10.10.10.201  Bcast:10.10.10.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
             inet6 addr: fe80::5e26:aff:fe18:d7e0/64 Scope:Link
             UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
             RX packets:55 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
             TX packets:35 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
             collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
             RX bytes:6866 (6.8 KB)  TX bytes:5288 (5.2 KB)
             Memory:e9600000-e9620000

lo          Link encap:Local Loopback
             inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
             inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
             UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
             RX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
             TX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
             collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
             RX bytes:720 (720.0 B)  TX bytes:720 (720.0 B)

pan0    Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 0a:25:83:8b:03:6c
            BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
            RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
            TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
            collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
            RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

vboxnet0  Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 0a:00:27:00:00:00
                 BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
                 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
                 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
                 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
                 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 58:94:6b:0f:5a:a8
               UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
               RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
               TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
               collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
               RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
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Pétur Ingi EgilssonSoftware Engineer -- ConsultantCommented:
Show content of /etc/resolv.conf
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GaryE1Author Commented:
resolv.conf:

#Generated by NetworkManager
domain austin.simmbv.com
search austin.simmbv.com
nameserver 10.10.10.254
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Pétur Ingi EgilssonSoftware Engineer -- ConsultantCommented:
time dig google.com | tail -n1

What speed do you get when downloading say, ubuntu from ubuntu.com ?
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GaryE1Author Commented:
time dig google.com | tail -n1 :

real       0m5.038s
user      0m0.010s
sys       0m0.010s

Downloading ubuntu varies from 80 to 900 kB/s, mostly around 300 kB/s
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dm07Commented:
Hello! I am also connection to author's post! I created post with similar problems: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Linux/Q_26982678.html
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dm07Commented:
I have solved that problem. I forgot that there is nsswitch file which defines order to look up dns databases...
In my /etc/nsswitch.conf at first:
files wins mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4

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In the end:
hosts:          files dns mdns4 wins mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return]

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Pay attention that after "files" I put "dns" instruction, all another don't matter. Reboot and have fun with fast browsing in Ubuntu!
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