Originally Posted by cctaylor88
UPDATE: So upon power cycling the router the first speed test I got (ethernet) was 130Mbps, immediately following that 60, now 37.5 (these are all back to back to back). After typing this the speed test was 180Mbps, right after that it shot up to 300 and then each second it just fell and fell and fell and it was 169Mbps, shot up to 320 and finished at 68.3Mbps (these were all done within 3min) I feel like in 5min it will be at 5Mbps...
Update: Powercycled the modem and computer, now Im hooked up from modem directly to PC (no router). 551Mbps download, 462, 551, 548 (all within 2min). So... router issue? I have to hook router back up now (wife). So I can't see if these modem speeds sustain.
The router is the TP-Link AC1900 very capable and not even a year old.. so I'm not sure I want to just buy a new one?
And another update... I'm still directly to modem all of 5min after the inital fast speeds just above me and I got 49Down... right into 450, into 471 (okay maybe this 49 down was a fluke), into 451
Sounds like you could be affected by an oversaturated node. (I know it seemed like it got better after plugging directly into the modem, but its also likely that this was done at a different time of the day, and because an oversaturated node will often only cause intermittent problems, its best to do the following test.)
Setup a WinMTR test, ping 184.108.40.206, and let that run for at least 2 full days. Set this up on a PC that otherwise is not in use. After 2 Days, stop, save, and analyze the data. You can go longer than 2 days, but this is often enough to give you a decent picture of what is going on.
If you are seeing that consistently your latency go up during the day time, and then around 10pm at night are at the lowest you have seen them, then go back up to being over 130ms or more during the day, its likely you are on an oversatured node. If so, give this data to your ISP, and have them run their own test. They will not want to expand the node you are on without a great deal of proof that their is an issue, but you likely won't be the only customer in your area who has complained about it, and if you threaten to report them to the FTC, they often will take you more seriously. Obviously don't threaten them until you know for sure that it is an ISP side problem and not a Network Side Problem. It is also possible that your Router has just seen better days, so if you find a time of day that is worse, I would do at least an hour worth of tests on a PC Plugged directly into the Modem during that usually bad time, and see if the problems persist. Obviously if they persist when even plugged directly to the Modem, then its most likely either an ISP Side Problem, or a Circuit side problem (The hookup from outside to your house). Either will need to be solved by your ISP.
I don't know for a fact that an oversaturated node is the problem, but this is becoming more and more common in my region, so I wouldn't be surprised if it is happening in your Region as well.
The Tool you can use to quickly and easily ping out to and log the data is a tool called WinMTR its free, just search it on google. It records the Ping times between each hop, and the ping time to the destination (I recommend 220.127.116.11 because they always respond). You are looking for packet loss over the span of 2 days that is less than 3% or less. If you have less than 3% and your Ping times are 100ms and lower, with an average somewhere around 50 or lower, than most likely the circuit is not oversaturated. However if you are looking at packet loss above 10%, with Average Ping Times over 100ms, then there is most likely an ISP Side issue (Or at the very least a Network Side Issue, that needs to be worked out.)