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Is my network connection CAPPED?

November 23, 2008 at 17:56:40
Specs: Win XP Pro, AMD XP 3200/1GB RAM

hello.
i have a wireless network connection.
The host lives upstairs and is using some Fios fiberoptic connection.

I was always the fan of wired connections. We used to have a wired comcast connection and it was great. Now i'm using this wireless system and i'm not happy.

I have a belkin wireless USB stick that i am using for my wireless connection.
Networking has always been my downfall in diagnosing issues so I'm trying to figure out why my internet connection is slower than it should be.

When i go into my wireless connection status, the speed indicates 36 Mbps or 46, and usually hovers around that area. The signal stregnth reads full, if not, one bar under.

My internet is not slow, but definetly seems like it should be faster. I haven't tried playing an online game, although i fear i will have lag if i surf the web and have a hardtime loading pages.

I recently formatted and reinstalled windows to make sure it wasn't some kind of software trash slowing me down.

my question is: is there a way or a program that would give me a bunch of good info about my connection and if possible how to find out if my connection is being limited or capped?

any info would be appreciated.
thanks

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#1
November 23, 2008 at 19:32:27

What's about online speedtests like:
http://www.speed.io/index_en.html

???


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#2
November 23, 2008 at 20:26:15

so i took that test and scored an 'excellent' 3600kbit/s.
hmm, interesting.
now i'm totally confused.

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#3
November 24, 2008 at 01:11:18

On-line speed testers will only test you Internet speed, not your wireless speed. 3600 kbs is good depending on what your contract speed is but has no relevance to your wireless speed.

36-46 Mbs for wireless is good, especially if you have a couple of walls to go through bearing in mind that the max is 54 Mbs.

Stuart


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#4
November 24, 2008 at 05:05:02

So the online speed test shows good results, independend of your system, you have to take a look at your router.
Sometimes there are some bugs in the firmware of the router.
So you may find some help at the support websites of the manufacturer.
Maybe there is a new firmware update for that router.

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#5
November 24, 2008 at 08:19:40

"On-line speed testers will only test you Internet speed, not your wireless speed."

Sorry but that is not correct. Test connection is to your pc wheither wired or wireless. If you run the test while connected wirelessly you also tested your wireless bandwidth.

aluminumriot of course your connection is capped. Everyone's is. That cap is the limit of aquired bandwidth which in your case appears to be 36mbps

Only way you are going to do better than that, assuming the FIFO connection has higher that that connection, is replace the wireless card and router to ones that support 108mbps [super g].

Example of Oxymoron:

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Education is key to prevention. Prevent conception you prevent abortion.

Abstinence training clearly isn't working.


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#6
November 24, 2008 at 09:40:21

>> Sorry but that is not correct. Test connection is to your pc wheither wired or wireless. If you run the test while connected wirelessly you also tested your wireless bandwidth. <<

Wireless has a maximum bandwidth of 54 Mbs, wired 100 Mbs. The fastest broadband is going to be 24 Mbs, more likely 8 Mbs, often less.

So how can you test a 54 Mbs link with something that only has a bandwidth of 8 Mbs. It wont push a LAN bandwidth, wired or wireless, anywhere near its capabilities.

The OP says his wireless is 36-46 Mbs. He didn't get that over the Internet where his bandwidth is only 3.6 Mbs. An on line tester can only test the slowest link which is nearly always the one between your modem and your ISP.

No ISP is going to cap an Internet connection at 36 Mbs because there are no broadband connections capable of that speed. In fact there is but you will have to go to Japan or Korea to get it.

If the wireless connection is capped it is done by whoever has control of the wireless router. Nothing at all to do with the Internet or broadband.

Stuart


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#7
November 25, 2008 at 14:19:31

thanks guys for all that info.

so is there a way of running a test on the computer to router side of the network? maybe a program of some sort?

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