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Windows 7: 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz speeds the same

08 May 2015   #1
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 
2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz speeds the same

I have a Dell XPS 15 (L502X) laptop. I recently replaced its Intel Centrino N-1000 single-band adapter card with an Intel Centrino Ultimate-n 6300 adapter card, and installed the Intel drivers. I wanted to take advantage of the newer card's 5 Ghz band capability. The replacement went fine, but I see that speed tests are pretty much the same at both bands--at speedtest.net, 30.05 Mbps download and 6.05 Mbps upload at 2.4 Ghz, and 30.03 Mbps download and 6.13 Mbps upload at 5 Ghz. I use a Netgear N900 WNDR-4500 router. I'm using the 5 Ghz band, so shouldn't I get much faster speeds at 5 Ghz? What am I doing wrong? Thanks.


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08 May 2015   #2
americancritic

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit SP1
 
 

What size is your processer.
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08 May 2015   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz have nothing to do with speed. This is the radio frequency used by the adaptor to communicate with the router and vice versa. It's just like tuning a FM radio. The music doesn't play faster at 104.5MHz than at 88.3MHz.
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08 May 2015   #4
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

The speeds you mention suggest that is what your ISP is providing or what you are paying for and provided from the Modem to the WAN/Wide Area Network. Don't think it has to do with your LAN/Local Area Network [which is the computer, NIC or Wi-Fi adapter and the Modem/Router]. A wired Router should be capable of 10/100/1000Mbps, also known as a Gigabit Router and the Wi-Fi part should meet 802.11g/n specs. Faster would be the 802.11ac but that's difficult to achieve with most Notebooks as it's harder to change the adapter.

Upgrade Your Wireless Router to Get Faster Speeds and More Reliable Wi-Fi
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08 May 2015   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Berton View Post
The speeds you mention suggest that is what your ISP is providing or what you are paying for and provided from the Modem to the WAN/Wide Area Network. Don't think it has to do with your LAN/Local Area Network [which is the computer, NIC or Wi-Fi adapter and the Modem/Router]. A wired Router should be capable of 10/100/1000Mbps, also known as a Gigabit Router and the Wi-Fi part should meet 802.11g/n specs. Faster would be the 802.11ac but that's difficult to achieve with most Notebooks as it's harder to change the adapter.

Upgrade Your Wireless Router to Get Faster Speeds and More Reliable Wi-Fi
Berton hit the head on the nail (or something like that). The 5GHz band is capable of faster speeds but the actual speed you will get is whatever your ISP delivers, up to the rated speed of your hardware.
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08 May 2015   #6
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, all, for the explanations and information!
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