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Windows 7: Why Is My Wifi So Slow? Please Read


05 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Why Is My Wifi So Slow? Please Read

So just over 2 years ago, me and my family decided to go from mobile broadband to homephone and a router. All is well and i havnt really been bothered to make it faster, so today i set off and do a speedtest at speedtest.net, it comes out with..

ping - 49ms
download - 6.67mbps
upload - 0.38mbps

I find this quite good, specialy the download speed.thing is when i go to download something from lets say mediafire, i am lucky to get 800kbps,and the same when i download stuff with utorrent - i am lucky to get over 800kbps, it normaly hovers around 670kbps

I dont want to break records i just want my internet speeds to increase a bit, in the real world, not on a speed test.

btw i am using a static ip with a wifi network if that helps

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05 Dec 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Mediafire and other download sites suffer of user saturation issues, and torrents suffer of leechers who limit their upload bandwidth to minimum, try a public torrent like Ubuntu or OpenOffice and see if you get the same speeds, also, read the utorrent configuration guide carefully, see if your upload speed is set correctly.
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05 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Some of it is due to the servers you're downloading from, from what I understand. Heavy usage or overworked server = slower speeds.

My download speed according to speedtest is 10.02 mbps and I have NEVER came even close to that. On a good download I get a little better than 1.
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05 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Guys you are both getting the correct download speeds, the speeds are measured differently. Do a search for a bandwidth convertor and type in your speed test speeds and see how they convert to kbps.

Paul
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05 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thank you paul and they indeed line up.ok so how would i go about increasing that speed.my router is just 1 room away. about 10meters. Getting ethernet will be an option but that is for the future.
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05 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Well first of all you want to check your speeds wired to see the max you can actually get. Then you will know how much you are losing wirelessly and if it's worth the effort.
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05 Dec 2012   #7

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pedroc1999 View Post
ping - 49ms
download - 6.67mbps
upload - 0.38mbps

... i am lucky to get 800kbps,and the same when i download stuff with utorrent - i am lucky to get over 800kbps, it normaly hovers around 670kbps

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You are now confusing two different things, line speed and download speed because of the different measurement units used in those. If your line speed is about 6.5 Mbps, then your download speed would be exactly what you get, a bit more than 800 KBps.

This is because the two things are told using different units, megabits per second (Mbps) and kilobytes per second (KBps). Your download speed 6.67 Mbps = 6830.08 kbps or 6.67 * 1024 = 853.76 KBps or 6830.08/8.

Conclusion: If your line speed you are paying for would be that 6.67 Mbps you told you get, then your theoretical maximum download speed would be 6.67 * 1024 = 6830.08 kilobits per second (kbps). One byte = 8 bits, so to get download speed in kilobytes we need to divide kilobits with 8:
6830.08 / 8 = 853.76 kilobytes per second (KBps).

In other words, your download speed is as fast as you line speed indicates. No issues there.

Formula: Multiply line speed in Mbps with 1024, divide this with 8, or Mbps * 1024 / 8 = KBps.

Some examples: a 10/1 Mbps broadband connection (dl/ul) gives maximal 1,280 KBps (=1.25 MBps) download and 128 KBps upload speeds, a 100/20 Mbps line (as I have) maximal 12,800 KBps (12.5 MBps) download and 2,560 KBps (2.5 MBps) upload speeds.

Kari
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06 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Sorry if you got confused.the scores on my top post are the scores i am getting on my pc with wifi.i have never been wired and i have no easy way of checking the speed fro a wired connection
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06 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pedroc1999 View Post
Sorry if you got confused.the scores on my top post are the scores i am getting on my pc with wifi.i have never been wired and i have no easy way of checking the speed fro a wired connection
No confusion here.

What I am saying is, without knowing the actual top speed your connection is capable of then there is no point trying to increase your wireless speed.

To find out the speed your connection is capable of then you will need to run a Wired speed test.


Paul.
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06 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Well im going to have to leave it on hold for now then.
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