Slow Internet on Desktop

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ZMoney187

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I have an XFinity wireless router that allows 100 Mbps download speeds with a 5 GHz band. My laptop, running Windows 10 and a built-in Broadcom wireless network adapter gets 100 Mbps. My desktop, with a Linksys WUSB6300 USB 3.0 wireless adapter gets under 10 Mbps from the same location (~20 ft. from router). I tried installing the Linksys on the laptop and I got 100 Mbps. So it's not the router or the wireless network adapter, but something to do with my desktop. It's not background processes either.

Please help! Thanks
 

TerryNet

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The first thing to consider is the location of the adapter's antenna when connected to the desktop. Is the direct path from router to adapter's antenna obstructed by something (maybe the desktop tower) that is not in the path when the adapter is connected to the laptop?
 

flavallee

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In reference to what Terry said in post #2:
If the Linksys WUSB6300 in your desktop is being obstructed by its case or something else, connecting a USB extender cable to it and then positioning it where it has a clear line-of-sight with the modem/router may help.
You may also need to change some of the Linksys WUSB6300 advanced settings in its properties window in the Device Manager.

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