Linksys wireless -AC USB adapter

May 18, 2016 at 18:08:57
Specs: Windows 7
I do a lot of streaming so I wanted to update my wireless equipment to see if it would really make a difference. I have an AC wireless router but I only had an N wireless adapter in my laptop. I disabled it and installed a USB AC adapter. When I look at the speed of the connection status, it went from 54 Mbps to 150 Mbps. Also had my internet service ugraded. BUT....when I go to the download speed dropped drastically. And the performance wasn't any better. Was just curious of thoughts on this.

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May 19, 2016 at 02:05:06
Connection speed just means the speed your connection is capable of (5GHz WiFi is faster than 2.4GHz WiFi which you were using before).

The speed your connection is capable of achieving over 5GHz WiFi is not necessarily the same as the speed you are actually getting from your ISP.

The speed you get from your ISP (or the speed your incoming line is capable of carrying, whichever is lower) determines the actual download speed.

You could have the fastest network equipment in your street but it can't download data any faster than it travels through your external cable or DSL line.

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May 19, 2016 at 06:08:15
Remember also that "throughput" is what really matters. If you have high speed with errors then constant repeats of the data will mean that a given quantity takes longer to arrive.

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May 19, 2016 at 08:49:19
*forehead smack*

Guys, guys, guys!

"Speed" is a measure of how fast you're going in your car down the road. One does not talk about network's with regard to "speed" as the speed is very constant on each media (ie: fiber optic, copper, wireles) and refers to how fast the electrons, or light, or radio waves travel through the media in question.

Networks are measured in "bandwidth" which is: "the measure of how much data can pass any one point in a network in one second"

Getting a bigger bandwidth package from your provider doesn't make your connection "faster" It simply means you can move more data in the same amount of time.


Upgrade your 10 Mbps copper connection to 100 Mbps You're not "going 10 times faster" (the electrons still travel at exactly the same speed within the copper wires regardless of how much bandwidth you have available) but are in fact moving 10 times as much data in the same amount of time. Or, 10 times as much "throughput".

Sorry but it's a pet peeve of mine.

Firstly, wireless is inherently susceptible to more latency and lag than a wired connection and therefore does not perform as well (reliability/consistency) as a wired connection. So, if the OP is talking about wireless inside his home, my suggestion is to use a wired connection instead of wireless for the streaming device.

If your internet connection as provided by your ISP is wireless, there's not a lot you can do about it. I will say this, I live in a rural area and a lot of my friends and coworkers live out in the country and have a wireless provider and none of them seem to have issues with streaming. I live in town and have a 6 Mbps (copper) internet connection and my home theater system is connected to my LAN wirelessly and I have no problems whatsoever streaming Netflix. With one exception. When Netflix servers are busy, I can have problems getting shows to load but once they do, I've never had them stall, stop or pause during play

My point being, it may be your streaming device that's the issue or else a saturation issue. Do you have 4 kids all streaming or downloading big files at the same time while you try to watch Netflix with the wife? If so, that's your biggest issue right there. Nothing chews up bandwidth like streaming videos and/or downloading huge data files.

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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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May 19, 2016 at 19:32:35
You don't need Wireless AC to reach 150Mbs. You should get easily 300Mbs and up on wireless AC technology.
Do you have another portable device to test your connection?

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May 21, 2016 at 06:11:11
Appreciate all the responses. Just wanted some feedback and basically wanted to start a streaming topic to get any suggestions on how to enhance if possible. Once my streaming starts, it's fine (hardwired or wireless). I'm guessing most of my issues when something doesn't play correctly is from the source.

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May 21, 2016 at 06:36:26
Sometimes the internet plays up due to traffic peaks and server issues.

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