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Does mobo place speed cap on Network adaptor?

February 20, 2010 at 05:48:40
Specs: Windows 7
This might sound like a stupid question, but is there a cap on network speed on motherboard network adapters?
I pay for 16mb Broadband, but i never reach speeds of anything over 1mbps (broadband speed tests rate this around 9.8mb broadband)
If i'm downloading torrents or even from a browser the download speed stops dead on 1mbps so is there a cap on what an onboard network adapter can download, or am i not setting something up right?
I understand being a certain distance from an exchange, i may not get the full 16meg i pay for, but it just seems odd my download rate is dead on 1mbps.
any feedback would be most appreciated, thats if i've made sense lol :)

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February 20, 2010 at 06:47:23
You network interface card has absolutely nothing at all, not the slightest effect on what you download speed from the internet, is.

A Network Interface card has a maximum bandwidth of 100 Mbs a second, way, way above anything the Internet can throw at it. Even an 801.11g Wireless adaptor has a maximum bandwidth of 54 Mbs second. Still way above your 16 Mb maximum.

If you are only getting 1Mb then you should be banging on your ISPs door. The problem is elsewhere, not with the network interface card. It could be that because you are doing a lot of downloading your ISP has put a cap on your bandwidth to preserve bandwidth for other users.


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