Solved How can I see the max speed my network adapter supports?

Hewlett-packard Hp pavilion dv7-6c90us 1...
July 6, 2016 at 04:56:30
Specs: Windows 10, 2.20 ghz/ 4 gb ram
I have 2 questions:
How can I see the max speed my network adapter supports? I have 120 mbs but when I make the speed test it shows only 93 mbs (cable), and my router supports till 400 mbs.
How can I set my wifi speeds? Now it goes only until 72 mbs.

P.S. I have a broadcom 802.11n wifi adapter.

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July 6, 2016 at 06:23:10
Incoming speed is a function of the service from your isp.

Do you have cable right into your property; or is it cable to somewhere in the street and then copper for the last bit?

If you're saying you are paying for 120 and only getting 93 (at best) perhaps time to double check connections into your property; and then perhaps have a serious chat with your isp?

Bear in mind the speed tests have to account for the distance you are from the server they use to test your service; the number of hops etc. they have to make to conduct the test; and the further away from a suitable test point the (s)lower the results...?

A higher speed router won't help the situation if incoming is "slow(er)" than you are paying for and usually manage to get..., then as above - double check connections, and chat to your isp?

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July 6, 2016 at 06:48:45
That I did. but they are telling me to check if my network adapter supports more than 100 mbs. And here is my dilema, how do I check that? Plus how can I set my wifi adapter to use the highest speed possible?

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July 6, 2016 at 08:51:50
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It's worth noting that in most cases, you'll only get about 85% or so of your rated bandwidth. A certain amount of your bandwidth is always going to be used up in overhead. 93 Mbps out of rated 120 is about what you can expect so I wouldn't worry that you're not getting what you're paying for. You are.

As to what your network interface itself is capable of, just check the device properties in Device Manager or in the property sheet for the network interface itself. Most modern NIC's are gigabit (1000 Mbps). Here's the NIC info on the computer I'm sitting at right now:

Start >> Control Panel >> Device Manager >> Network Adapters >> Intel(R) 82567LM-3 Gigabit Network Connection

As for the wifi adapter, it should be set automatically to connect at the best possible rate. As is the wired interface. Again, the amount of usable bandwidth as versus the rated amount will not be identical for the same reason I listed above for the wired network interface. However, with wireless, you're going to get even less because of wifi's inherent issues with lag, latency and performance that you do not encounter with a wired connection.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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