Slow upload speed / Windows 7 / Asus / iControl

I’m trying to make the subject of this post as generic as possible in the hopes that other people might find it and not have to pull their hair out.  It took me way to long to fix this one…

So I recently built a new computer.  Windows 7, 64 bit, yadda, yadda, yadda.  I was pretty excited about it, but I couldn’t help but think that my network connection seemed slow.  I’ve got all gig in my house and I have a Comcast business class 16 down 3 up cable connection.  Speed tests showed that I was getting less than a meg up…


Being leery of online speed tests, I sort of ignored it.  Then I noticed that it was taking me minutes sometimes for my email to load.  I started looking at issues more closely and after some intense googling, I found other users that had the ASUS M5A99FX motherboard that were having the same problem.  Turns out that the ASUS boards have a neat feature called ‘Network iControl’.  I’m not going to waste my time trying to figure out what its trying to do, but I can tell you three things.

1 – It’s on by default
2 – It sucks the life out of your upload speed (I’m assuming it’s corrupting packets but I’m just guessing)
3 – Turning it off will make you instantly happy

Open up your ASUS control panel, Tools, Network iControl, and hit the big ‘OFF’ button…


Run the speed test again..


Whala, problem solved.  Internet speeds back to normal.

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