can i get the 100 Mbs im paying for using powerline adapter?

January 29, 2015 at 05:03:37
Specs: Windows 7
I am currently paying for 100 Mbs of internet but speed test.net tells me i am only getting 37-40 Mbs on my desktop I have tried a Devolo dLan 200 avSmart+ power line adapter and a Devolo dLan 500 WiFi power line adapter that i already had both using Ethernet cable not on the WiFi and got the same 40 ish Mbs is it possible to get higher speeds with other power line adapters or would i just be wasting my time/money trying? which power line adapter should i get?

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#1
January 29, 2015 at 06:34:12
You need to establish first what speed you are getting from your Internet connection. Plug a computer directly into the router and do the speed test again. If you still get 40 Mbs then using different powerline adapters will make no difference.

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#2
January 29, 2015 at 06:40:59
I don't have a laptop so that would involve me taking my desktop downstairs :/ next to my router I get over 100 Mbs on speed test.net on my phone does this prove the same thing?
Thanks for responding so fast :)

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#3
January 29, 2015 at 06:52:44
I find it a little suspicious that your phone speed test shows over the maximum theoretical speed that you are paying for. Normally "100 Mbs" really means "up to 100 Mbs" and is usually a bit less; for you to get more than that is pretty unusual. But it could be that you have a particularly noisy mains circuit which is limiting the speed you get from powerline adapters

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#4
January 29, 2015 at 07:05:58
Is there any way of increasing my speed other than running a cable all the way from the router to my pc or changing to WiFi?

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#5
January 29, 2015 at 07:16:53
First off, if you're only using one bandwidth test site (speed is not the correct term.....google the definition of bandwidth and you'll understand why - sorry but it's a pet peeve) then I wouldn't be too concerned. If it were me, I'd try 3 or 4 and compare. The overall average of them should be close to what you're actually getting for bandwidth.

Keep in mind, results will vary with time of day, traffic on the internet, and number of hops between you and the test site. So maybe try your tests at different intervals. Say, early in the morning, in the afternoon, and late and night. Again, compare results.

Keep in mind you lose a percentage of your rated amount of bandwidth due to overhead. This is normal. 10 to 20% is expected. 50 to 60% is not. So if you're only getting 40 Mbps on a 100 Mbps package, you need to contact your provider because you should be able to consistently get around 80 Mbps.

Instead of carting your PC downstairs, could you get ahold of a cable long enough to go from router to PC? If not, how about getting a friend with a laptop to come over and connect them to the router with a cable. It's best to do this with a computer that's actually plugged into the network with a proper patch cable as wired will always outperform wireless.

The results you got with your phone are erroneous and misleading, ignore them, they mean nothing.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
January 29, 2015 at 10:51:58
Use a bandwidth tester that is not too far away, otherwise the internet jumps will lower the reading you get.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
January 29, 2015 at 11:23:52
And be aware that (at least in the UK) very few deliver the stated figures in terms of "speed". Invariably it's somewhat slower...

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#8
January 29, 2015 at 12:01:13
Re #7
Just to ensure no misunderstanding, I believe that reference was to servers rather than bandwidth testers. In other words your service provider will often claim more than they actually deliver.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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