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What should my downlaod speed be

Discussion in 'Networking' started by brewmalt, Jan 22, 2011.

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  1. brewmalt

    brewmalt Thread Starter

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    I have Comcast Cable with supposedly a 12Mbps performance/15 Mbps high speed connection, using a Linksys Cable Modem rated at 43Mbps download and a Netgear WiFi firewall router rated at 108Mbps. Yet when I do a speed test I can't get better than 6Mbps download speed. THe Cable Modem and Router are 7 years old. I have to unplug them to reset them about twice a week. What should my download speed be with this configuration. I'm running a fairly new HP Touchsmart i3 for the speed test with no other network stuff going on.
     
  2. pedroguy

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    If you are paying for 12 you should be getting pretty close to that.
    Run a test with this and see if the results are the same.Run it on a hardwired connection,not wireless
    http://www.speedtest.net/
    Then boot up in safe mode and test again.Any difference ?
     
  3. TerryNet

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    If the modem and router have been used for their 7 year lifetime you should be satisfied with their long life and not worry about 50% performance. :)

    You only get 6 Mbps with a connection directly to the modem? My personal rule of thumb is that we should get at least 90% of the advertised bandwidth, and investigate or complain if getting less than 80%.
     
  4. brewmalt

    brewmalt Thread Starter

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    Thanks to both of you (PedroGuy and TerryNet) - tried everything you suggested and my download speed directly connected (through mode and router) is always 6.03Mbps or slower. I'm going to get a new Cable modem and Router and finally retire these older ones. If it's still slow then Comcast is going to get a call.
     
  5. pedroguy

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    Just a thought.If the speed is the same directly connected to the modem,I might be thinking this is a Comcast problem.Might consider going that route first.
     
  6. prunejuice

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    I would take care of this little problem first, then proceed from there.
     
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