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Hey everyone,

So I am not sure the best way to go about asking my questions but basically I want to make sure that I am getting the best possible connection I can get so when I do a speed test I can know if it is actually my ISP not providing the speed, if that is even the case.

I actually just bought a new router.. the belkin n600 play HD


Now I can stick with this router or if you guys suggest something a lot better I can return it. I was just reading about DD wrt so if that is recommended let me know.
My internet service is Cox and paying for 15Mbps

I have on computer connect directly to the router downstairs, then this computer upstairs with a trendnet adapter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...trendnet%20643
The adapter says it is 150mbps and when clickling my wireless connection it says the speed is 150mbps.

I also have an unraid server connected directly to the router.
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If you plug your router in and have it use default settings, it shouldn't do anything to bottleneck your connection and give you slower speeds than what Cox is giving you (supposedly 15Mbps).

Have you already ran the speedtest? Did it give you 15Mbps? Or did it give you lower speeds?
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Originally Posted by iDShaDoW View Post
If you plug your router in and have it use default settings, it shouldn't do anything to bottleneck your connection and give you slower speeds than what Cox is giving you (supposedly 15Mbps).

Have you already ran the speedtest? Did it give you 15Mbps? Or did it give you lower speeds?
on both computers I am getting less. This one is the wireless one if I run it now I get....
16mbps

but! most of the time i get like 5-8
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on both computers I am getting less. This one is the wireless one if I run it now I get....
16mbps

but! most of the time i get like 5-8
With cable internet your connection is shared among a whole group of subscribers. Your speed is going to vary based on the traffic on the whole network at that time. 15 should be about your maximum but you won't have that all the time, it will just depend on how many other people are using their connection at the same time.

Also that router you linked doesn't have very solid reviews on Amazon. I would personally go with something a little more reputable. This one has pretty good reviews and is on sale for $70... . And if you need dual band I'm sure there's something for a comparable price with a better reputation than the one you have.
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I know that how many people on in the area affects the speed but isn't 5 Mbps still too slow? I thought there was a percentage they are supposed to guarantee? Maybe not...

Also im not really sure what dual band is used for?
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If you feel it's too slow even during peak hours in your area, give Cox a call and have them test the line for you.

I've had speed problems with Fios and had to call and they do something on their end and the speeds went to where they should be at (they probably throttled my speed or had me on the next lower tier without telling me).
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Originally Posted by jakemfbacon View Post
I know that how many people on in the area affects the speed but isn't 5 Mbps still too slow? I thought there was a percentage they are supposed to guarantee? Maybe not...

Also im not really sure what dual band is used for?
To slow for what? I've been on a connection less then 8mb/s for years. How fast do you need to have your youtube que fill up?
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To slow for what? I've been on a connection less then 8mb/s for years. How fast do you need to have your youtube que fill up?
I meant too slow for what I am paying for not slow in general.
And I definitely use my internet for more than youtube..
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