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My ISP (Charter Spectrum aka Communications) has started dishing out faster internet speeds more recently for home users. packages are starting around 100Mbps cable and we already have it at my house. I've not been able to verify speeds on the pcs on the network but have been able to verify speeds with my cellphone have indeed gone up since switching to a new Trendnet TEW-811DRU AC 1200 router. not many people live out where I live and the closest neighbor isn't even using AC routing yet so this trendnet router does work out extremely well and is cost efficient too. My house is rather old so cutting and dropping networking cables everywhere is not exactly the best option but may be necessary to really see the speeds. my gaming pc is hard wired thru a set of trendnet TPL-306E2K av adaptors with the most recent firmware installed. these should be good for up to 200Mbps, but I believe are holding me back. I have also an asus wireless n pci-e 1.0 network adaptor in the gaming pc that should be good for 300mbps. hard wired or wireless on my gaming pc the fastest I get is around 35 mbps download. my mom's pc is also wireless using a less technical wireless n 150mbps stick tenda brand and her connection is workable but rough. hit me with some suggestions as to get the best speeds possible on my mom's pc and my own without breaking the bank. if necessary I can buy and cut a cat 5 or cat 6 cable and then run it up to my room but that may or may not be easily done as id either have to cut holes in the flooring or run it out the back wall of the house and around and over to my pc. the house is 30 years old and was not built for internet access and up until about 7 or 8 years ago the idea of having internet at our house was damn near impossible other then dial up.
 
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Power line adapters like you are using now are the least recommended of the options you listed above. They are susceptible to lots of interference present in the home grid: microwaves, dishwashers, laundry etc. Especially in houses with old power lines. They aren't as shielded as newer homes. I would use the wifi card.

You can check to make sure you aren't on the same channel as a neighbor by using Netgear Genie app (on android at least, not sure about apple). Set your router to a different channel than your neighbors to reduce interference.

What kind of speeds do you get from speed test websites like testmy.net and speedtest.net?
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There are 2 microcenters in your state, are you close to one?

If so, pick up a Ethernet -> Powerline adapter. (you can return them if they don't work well)

I have 2 pairs at my townhouse and they're amazing.

1 plugs in behind our router, 2 others plug in behind two different PCs upstairs in 2 different bedrooms. I just have a 4th not really doing anything atm.

I have something like these:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/414078/Powerline_500_AV_Nano_Adapter_Kit

I get no added latency and easily flesh out my ISP
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currently on speedtest.net using my ISP's server on my pc either thru the av adaptors or the wifi card is 35Mbps download. doesn't matter which I use. I max at 35Mbps. only my smartphone can tell the difference of the ac router. just pulled 135Mbps off my smartphone using speedtest.net app
 
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I live a lot closer to st Louis Missouri so the closest microcenter is ahem 45 minutes away from me. im 30 minutes away from the gateway arch literally
 
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Are you using WPA2?

I'd just upgrade the NICs since you won't drop ethernet runs into the house.
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yup WPA2. my powerline av adaptors really do hold back my internet speeds on my pc. guess im going to have to just get new wireless cards. a new ac stick for my moms pc and an ac network adaptor for my gaming pc
 
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I can drop Ethernet cable if it would help....but its going to be convoluted at best. would cat 5 e be stout enough to handle the beefed up internet speed? it should also be noted my trendnet ac1200 router does have gigabyte Ethernet so maybe cat6 would be better. if im going to go cat6 ill just grab a big box of it from microcenter and a crimper tool. usually 50 foot cables are expensive.
 
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