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User Info: I_Am_On_Fire

I_Am_On_Fire
5 years ago#1
80/80

We upgraded to a 15/1 internet connection, but weren't getting the whole speed over the wireless (~8 instead ~13.5+, which I'd consider fine). We got a new router, since we thought that that was the issue, but the speeds were the same after connecting it and getting it working.

However, I decided to try setting it so I was the only person conected and instantly speedtested over 14 multiple times in a row. Then, I tried connecting my phone and rerunning the test, and it dropped down to ~13 mbps.

Is this sort of slowing normal, or should I look into getting some actually decent router that's not from the company to help? It's really pretty unacceptable. Moving things to wired isn't quite an option atm, since there's only 2 devices that could reasonably be put on wired connections. I'll wire my desktop this summer, and maybe the other device this winter, but the rest of the things are phones, my brother's iPod, my dad's tablet, etc- things that aren't even possible to wire.

Edit: It slows down even when nothing is doing anything, there are just the connected devices.
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ryan0991
5 years ago#2
Slower speeds on wireless is totally normal. And yes, if the other devices are using up your available bandwidth, then it will impact your speeds. If you're downloading something on two different devices, then those devices will have to share the available bandwidth (15mbps in this case). Although if no other devices are doing anything, then there should be no significant impact.
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ryan0991
5 years ago#3
For example:

Here's my speed when using a wired connection:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/3195444354.png

Here's my speed when using a wireless connection:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/3195447659.png


As you can see, my download speed was cut by more than half.
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I_Am_On_Fire
5 years ago#5
I can see the speed being cut while on wireless, but it only seems to happen when there are multiple devices connected, even if most/all of but one of the devices are idle.

Running tests ~1 ft from the router:
Wired:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/3195457771.png

Wireless w/ only laptop connected:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/3195457771.png

Wireless with all devices connected:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/3195470203.png

All of these were to the same server/location on speedtest, so that wouldn't have caused any differences; in fact, when I did a different server I was going significantly faster with errthing connected. However, in actual downloads it's usually between 7-10 mbps or so in my room, so this server is 'correct'.
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LordSeifer
5 years ago#6
only if they are actively downloading, just having them registered on the router, or maybe using 1kbps isnt really going to do anything.
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LordSeifer
5 years ago#7
also, not that it probably matters, but they clearly were not to the same server, one says burlington and one says springfield
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I_Am_On_Fire
5 years ago#8
LordSeifer posted...
also, not that it probably matters, but they clearly were not to the same server, one says burlington and one says springfield


It's a bit funky. The server it was testing to was actually in NH, not sure why those are different. I was just using the 'test again' thing on the same server.
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ryan0991
5 years ago#9
Yeah, you need to make sure you're testing on the same server.
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