Why is bandwidth testing showing 20 Mbps when it should be 60 Mbps?

By thetominator ·
Hello. On both my laptop and desktop (both wi-fi), on the online bandwidth test pages I am only getting 20 - 30 Mbps download speeds. My roommate is getting 60 Mbps on his laptop which is what we pay for. My desktop is a Dell Dimension 3100 Pentium 4, 3.2 GHz, with 2 GB RAM, Win XP MCE with a Netgear WNA3100 network adapter. My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite P205-S6237, Pentium Dual-Core 1.73 GHz, 2 GB RAM and a Realtek RTL8191SU network adapter. I want my 60 Mbps speed! Please help me someone.

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There are a LOT of variables in play with these online speed tests...

these tests can't really be used for "diagnostics" of problems, since there are many vairables. They can be used to look for problems, especially over a period of time or during certain time frames. Your particular equipment may be a bit different than what your roommate has, maybe different brands of WiFi adapters/NIC cards, maybe more people on your node accessing during your test period than the time they tested, etc. The most likely cause is still something different as far as capability or driver of your particular equipment vs. your roommates. 20-30 MBPS, I'm happy if I can get 1.5 MBPS, hehe!

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Are you both using wireless N?

by Slayer_ In reply to Why is bandwidth testing ...

After all, G is only 50mbps.

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Thanks people.

by thetominator In reply to Why is bandwidth testing ...

I guess I am just too far away on the back porch. I tried the test again from my room which is on the other side of the wall from the router and got the 60 Mbps. And yes, we are both using wireless n adapters. Appreciate the feedback!

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