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post #1 of 6
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Ok, so at home we have a Linksys Wireless AC router. For whatever reason, connecting to it wirelessly is significantly slower than connecting to it wired. Wireless AC is theoretically supposed to be able to transfer data between 700mbps and 1gbps when using dual band, which we are.

Currently if you connect wirelessly and run speedtest.net, you get a download speed of 18mbps, which isn't bad, but I want our full speed. We are paying for 50mbps and if you connect with ethernet directly to the router or modem, speedtest gives us usually around 58mbps.

Is this just a limitation of wireless or is there something going on that is making it be that slow? I feel like it should not be that much slower than a wired connection.
post #2 of 6
Do you have an AC wireless adapter in whatever it is you're connecting with?

I normally get my full internet speeds on 2.4Ghz wireless N (which is about 30Mbps).
But when I transfer a file from my server to my laptop/HTPC I get about 8-12MB/s (64-96Mbps).
Which is just about enough to stream Blu Ray rips.

Both my laptop and the HTPC are connected with 2.4Ghz wireless N, considering AC wireless soon too.
post #3 of 6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jawswing View Post

Do you have an AC wireless adapter in whatever it is you're connecting with?

I normally get my full internet speeds on 2.4Ghz wireless N (which is about 30Mbps).
But when I transfer a file from my server to my laptop/HTPC I get about 8-12MB/s (64-96Mbps).
Which is just about enough to stream Blu Ray rips.

Both my laptop and the HTPC are connected with 2.4Ghz wireless N, considering AC wireless soon too.

Sorry no, I only have wireless N adaptors, but even then, isn't wireless N supposed to be able to transfer at up to 300 Mbps?
post #4 of 6
In perfect conditions they are supposed to be 300Mbps (37.5MB/s), but nobody ever gets this. Even if I have my laptop sat right by the router, I'd probably hit 15MB/s (120Mbps) maximum.
To be fair though, 18Mbps is still rubbish, you should be able to get more than that.

There are a lot of variables with it though, you could have a poor router, a poor wireless adapter, distance from router, solid walls or interference.

This is a longshot, and it's pretty unlikely, but try checking out your router settings. At one point I turned on the traffic manager built in to my router, to ensure that I got 40% on my main PC if everyone was using the internet. But I soon realised this actually limits that to 40% all the time, and 60% is given to everybody else all the time.

Edit: If you have a AC router, it's going to be a decent router. I've vaguely looked in to before, and from memory the wireless N performance on the Asus AC66U was worse than the N66U. But obviously it excelled by far with AC wireless.

AC66U vs N66U

If you check out that link, the AC66U seems to perform a little worse the further the distance on wireless N compared to the N66U.

But if you compare the results for the guys office, he's getting:

RT-N66U – ASUS firmware
Sending: 99 Mbps
Reading: 124 Mbps

RT-AC66U – ASUS firmware
Sending: 114 Mbps
Reading: 119 Mbps

And with AC wireless he's getting:
Sending: 312 Mbps
Reading: 322 Mbps



And his kitchen:
RT-N66U – ASUS firmware
Sending: 80 Mbps
Reading: 118 Mbps

RT-AC66U – ASUS firmware
Sending: 78 Mbps
Reading: 94 Mbps

With AC wireless:
Sending: 272 Mbps
Reading: 289 Mbps


What are you getting these results on? Laptop or desktop?
Edited by Jawswing - 10/15/13 at 1:39pm
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jawswing View Post

In perfect conditions they are supposed to be 300Mbps (37.5MB/s), but nobody ever gets this. Even if I have my laptop sat right by the router, I'd probably hit 15MB/s (120Mbps) maximum.
To be fair though, 18Mbps is still rubbish, you should be able to get more than that.

There are a lot of variables with it though, you could have a poor router, a poor wireless adapter, distance from router, solid walls or interference.

This is a longshot, and it's pretty unlikely, but try checking out your router settings. At one point I turned on the traffic manager built in to my router, to ensure that I got 40% on my main PC if everyone was using the internet. But I soon realised this actually limits that to 40% all the time, and 60% is given to everybody else all the time.

Edit: If you have a AC router, it's going to be a decent router. I've vaguely looked in to before, and from memory the wireless N performance on the Asus AC66U was worse than the N66U. But obviously it excelled by far with AC wireless.

AC66U vs N66U

If you check out that link, the AC66U seems to perform a little worse the further the distance on wireless N compared to the N66U.

But if you compare the results for the guys office, he's getting:

RT-N66U – ASUS firmware
Sending: 99 Mbps
Reading: 124 Mbps

RT-AC66U – ASUS firmware
Sending: 114 Mbps
Reading: 119 Mbps

And with AC wireless he's getting:
Sending: 312 Mbps
Reading: 322 Mbps



And his kitchen:
RT-N66U – ASUS firmware
Sending: 80 Mbps
Reading: 118 Mbps

RT-AC66U – ASUS firmware
Sending: 78 Mbps
Reading: 94 Mbps

With AC wireless:
Sending: 272 Mbps
Reading: 289 Mbps


What are you getting these results on? Laptop or desktop?

I get the slow results on all devices. Desktop, phone, Wii U, Chromebook, and Blu-ray Player. That is why I have everything wired that can be...unfortunately though now I have cables everywhere which I don't like.
post #6 of 6
I'd suggest that everything you can get an AC wireless adapter for do it, either USB dongle or a PCI card.

Where is your router? My parents initially set up my router, it was kind of at ground level, on the bottom of the desk, I found that putting it on top of the desk made a fair bit of difference.
Also, do you have anything else wireless close to it? Phones, wireless headsets etc?

Do you know how to access your routers settings? And what router do you have??
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