Not getting the speed I'm paying for

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Steven Titchenell, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Steven Titchenell

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    What could be wrong with a desktop PC that would cause it to not get the full internet speed I'm paying for?
     
  2. ScottALot

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    Maaaaybe your network adapter drivers, but these types of issues tend to be router, modem, or cabling-related.
     
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  3. Steven Titchenell

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    So maybe it could be my ethernet cable?
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Do you have other pc's or devices on the network that can do a speedtest?
     
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  5. Steven Titchenell

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    I'm going to have my sister bring her laptop to test it
     
  6. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    If it's slow on both contact your ISP.
     
  7. Steven Titchenell

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    Somehow, the Ethernet cable got loose
     
  8. Steven Titchenell

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    The cable guy came. It's not my modem or Ethernet cable and I updated my network adapter drivers and still have the problem. Now what?
     
  9. Cromewell

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    How faster are you getting vs what you are paying for? It is cable service? Or something like ADSL/fibre?
     
  10. Steven Titchenell

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    Cable. I'm only getting high 30s
     
  11. Cromewell

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    I assume you are getting high 30 megabit, If you are getting high 30 megabytes, that's pretty fast. Either it's congested in your area (possible) or you are actually on docsis2, or maybe your modem is only using a single channel.

    The tech ran a speed test and said it was OK? Did you see the results?
     
  12. Steven Titchenell

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    Yes. He showed me on his testing device. He was getting above 250
     
  13. Cromewell

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    OK, 280Mbit is ~35MB/s. Are you using the same test?
     
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  14. Steven Titchenell

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  15. beers

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    What specific test? It's difficult to guess since there are a bunch of variables and not really much information has been provided. As above a lot of people mix up bits and bytes. If you're downloading files at like 30 MB/sec then it's functioning as expected.

    If you had another NIC or PC to test against you could rule out the physical NIC assuming the tester was a separate physical device than your PC.
     
  16. Steven Titchenell

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    The tech had a seperate device. The test was on a site called "DSL" something. I can't remember
     
  17. Darren

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    Very high likelihood he measured it in megaBITS, which is the speed you'll see advertised for internet services. The speed frequently reported by applications for downloading stuff will read in megaBYTES. MB = Megabyte = 8 Megabits
    Mb = Megabit

    Go to https://www.speedtest.net/ and post your results.
     
  18. Steven Titchenell

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    Download: 29.38Mbps Upload: 12.80Mbps
     
  19. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Try a new cable.

    Do you have a smartphone/tablet you can hook into the WiFi? If so do that and run a speedtest (above website has an app for it).
     
  20. Steven Titchenell

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    Download: 4.14Mbps Upload: 13.3 with my smartphone
     

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