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How will internet be in Thailand from now on and dare I go for a long-term visa even though the internet situation is very unclear here?

Posted on 2016-07-31
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I've noticed during my most recent stay here in Thailand that internet works much worse than before (I've been here for a total of over 2 years). I am considering to buy a long-term visa for a considerable amount of money, but hesitate as I know the government here is about to implement a Great Firewall of Thailand.

I don't know to what degree their Great Firewall of Thailand will affect my work online, and as I am very dependent of reasonable fast internet (like it was halft a year ago) for my work and other dealings I risk to pay a lot of money for this visa only to very soon be stuck with internet that I will not be able to work on.

I found this posting about it:

https://facthai.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/internet-slow-for-you-too-thai-netizen-leaks-docs-showing-compromise-of-secure-transactions/

I lived 5 years in China, and even though internet was slow it worked fairly well. I used VPN to be able to visit blocket sites also. But it was quite stable all the time. What I am afraid of with Thailands Great Firewall is that it will slow down internet even more than in China, and that it will actually be worse than in China. In China, it was go-able, it worked. But less than that would not work for me, and that's the risk with the new Great Firewall of Thailand.
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Find a speed test site where you are. I use speedtest.net where I am. Determine if you feed is a problem or if possibly your computer has a issue.

I would do a TCP/IP Reset, DNS Flush just to be certain and if nothing changes it is probably your feed.

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator
Then  netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt
Also, ipconfig /flushdns followed by net stop dnscache followed by net start dnscache
Then restart the computer

I would most definitely NOT sign any long term contract until you know better what the short and long term issues are.
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Ok, I will try that. By the way, I visited Dell support a few days ago, and they helped me with several issues to speed up my computer. But at them, internet was better than here.

Don't you mean "I would most definitely not sign any long term contract..."?
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I changed my post to say NOT because that is what I meant, of course.  Please let us know about the Reset.
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Download 13.89 MB, upload 2.29 MB. My current upload have been going on for one hour. Several websites don't load at all.
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It does not appear to be a computer problem. You may be stuck or you need to see if you can get better hotspot / HUAWEI USB internet stick service.  

We would not be able to fix your feed issues. What do your neighbours do? Can you replace your modem / router?
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Find cmd.exe in Windows System32 , right click on that and select Run as Administrator
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I did all the tasks you described in cmd.exe and restarted. It seems to work much better now. Let's see after a while also. The upload also worked immediately now.
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Please let us know.
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Works much much faster now than ever during the past 2 months. Knock on wood though, I'll see tomorrow morning again if still as good as now.

I've tried some websites that didn't work before and they all work excellent now.
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It worked fine whole day yesterday Monday. Now when I woke my computer up from sleep mode and began using it, it was the same problem as before: takes ages to right-click a folder to rename, to click on a website furthest up in the browser and switch between them, etc.
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Try running System File Checker from an Admin Command prompt:  SFC /SCANNOW and allow to complete.

Then do another TCP/IP reset.  Restart again after all the above.

Is this a Desktop computer?  Do not suspend it. Turn the monitor off and leave the computer running. Or else turn it off at night. Do not leave suspended overnight. This may be contributing to the problem.

Is this a Laptop computer? Definitely turn a laptop off overnight.
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I will try your suggestions John.

Yes, it's a laptop, cheap model. But I have so much opened (websites, files) and can't turn it off, it takes too long to restart everything and I loose the red thread in my work. On the other hand, it seems reasonable what you say, that the problems are connected with that I leave the laptop suspended overnight. Often when I begin working in the morning and wake the laptop up from sleep mode I get these problems with sluggishness with every action I do (not only internet but browsing for folders and files, saving files etc.).
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I think the overall issue is the slow laptop and then suspend for a long period makes the issue worse. And that explains the local file issues well.
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Thanks, after I tried your suggestions and turned off the laptop during night it works much better. I am running sfc /scannow also, will see what the results will be later.
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Thanks for the update and I was pleased to help.
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