Does Smart TV affect wireless download speed on my laptop?

April 11, 2017 at 06:17:30
Specs: Windows 10
Connected Dell laptop direct to router, 46Mbs, Dell laptop wireless connection shows only 20Mbs. I turned the Smart TV off and now laptop wireless speed shows 41Mbs!

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#1
April 11, 2017 at 08:14:53
If you were using the smart function of the TV then obviously it is going to affect the bandwidth available to the laptop.

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#2
April 11, 2017 at 08:24:45
Although the TV was switched on, the Smart function was not being used. A freeview channel was being watched at the time.

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#3
April 11, 2017 at 08:49:06
Apparently your TV is maintaining some type of link through the internet even if you are not using that feature. This is like the programs you install on your computer that the programmers want to always be immediately ready to use so they launch with Windows but this does effect your overall computer performance. On the TV it is apparently more than a small trickle so you need to see if there is an option on the TV to shut this down until you access the feature. Look at the settings and the manual (a more complete manual may be on the mfg's web site).

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#4
April 11, 2017 at 08:58:01
Thanks for your reply, the manual is limited, so I will see if I can get detailed TV information online

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#5
April 11, 2017 at 09:16:24
It does appear that Smart TVs are capable of using large amounts of bandwidth even when watching free to air programmes. If the situation results in really poor broadband speed for my PC and not just a severe reduction in speed, as at the moment, then I will need to tinvestigate further, but for now, the situation is acceptable. Thanks to all who have replied

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#6
April 11, 2017 at 14:08:44
If it's being streamed, it uses bandwidth........whether it's a free service or not.

If your router supports it, you could try using QoS to manage bandwidth usage.

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#7
April 12, 2017 at 01:09:22
Freeview is an over-the-air service in the UK, not streamed.

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#8
April 12, 2017 at 04:46:21
Thank you for your reply. The QoS solution, changing settings within the router so as to meter out the available speed between the TV and PC is an option, though not an option I want to use just yet. I will probably use it if the reduction in speed to the laptop and PC becomes too severe.

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