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60-70Mbps download speed for AC wireless?


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#1 bcmo

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 01:50 PM

Is it normal for a new 802.11ac laptop to score 60 to 70Mbps download speed (with latency a bit below 40 ms) in online speed tests when connected to the wireless 5Ghz band, and 50 something Mbps when connected to the 2.4Ghz band? upload speed is a similar 25Mbps for both.

 

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 01:55 PM

Yes. 2.4ghz will actually cap at 54mbps, as that's its PHYSICAL limitation, but most people see around 35-45 on 2.4ghz.

 

Switching over to the 5ghz band will net you potentially the same bandwidth/speed as a hard-lined (Ethernet) connection.

 

Did you have any more questions regarding this? I would be glad to answer.



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 02:30 PM

Other factors include router firmware, how wireless is configured on the router, and your system's wireless adapter.


Edited by jwoods301, 15 June 2017 - 02:32 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 02:32 PM

That is true, but still have limitations on the actual wifi card in the computer/device, the firmware and then the ISP speed package as well.



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:08 PM

Yes. 2.4ghz will actually cap at 54mbps, as that's its PHYSICAL limitation, but most people see around 35-45 on 2.4ghz.
 
Switching over to the 5ghz band will net you potentially the same bandwidth/speed as a hard-lined (Ethernet) connection.
 
Did you have any more questions regarding this? I would be glad to answer.

My question was about the 5Ghz band speed, isn't a AC wireless connection (and definitely a Ethernet connection) supposed to be higher than 70Mbps?

Edited by bcmo, 15 June 2017 - 05:09 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:12 PM

 

Yes. 2.4ghz will actually cap at 54mbps, as that's its PHYSICAL limitation, but most people see around 35-45 on 2.4ghz.
 
Switching over to the 5ghz band will net you potentially the same bandwidth/speed as a hard-lined (Ethernet) connection.
 
Did you have any more questions regarding this? I would be glad to answer.

My question was about the 5Ghz band speed, isn't a AC wireless connection (and definitely a Ethernet connection) supposed to be higher than 70Mbps?

 

 

Yes, it will SUPPORT much higher speeds, but NOT if you doesn't have a faster internet speed package. If your internet pkg is , let's say, 75/10 then their download speeds are going to be limited to the max of 75. You haven't posted what their ISP package is yet , so we will need to see that. There's also different levels of AC encryption as well. If you get an AC750 adapter your bandwidth is going to be less than a AC1750 device.


Edited by Metallica5456, 15 June 2017 - 05:13 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:18 PM

Take a look at this table...

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11ac#Advertised



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:27 PM

If you read the chart closely, you'll see that it's listing the speeds in "Megabits" and not "Megabytes." They are different measurements. Actual bandwidth is normally measured in "Megabits" whilst ISP's always advertise their speeds in "Megabytes."

 

See here:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiNsYak8sDUAhXCzz4KHVrlDZkQFggqMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fvolo.net%2Ffaq%2Fwhats-the-difference-between-megabits-and-megabytes&usg=AFQjCNF1BBUtqWO9M9pJUkCo_dNdfWieYA&sig2=QpEyWp70eKkeckUr1kwd-g



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:52 PM

bcmo, who is your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and what is your advertised speed package?


Edited by Metallica5456, 15 June 2017 - 05:52 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:58 PM

I just realized that indeed it's my Optimum plan that isn't allowing more than 60 something Mpbs internet speed as that's the limit.

 

Thank you for reminding me about that.



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:00 PM

I just realized that indeed it's my Optimum plan that isn't allowing more than 60 something Mpbs internet speed as that's the limit.

 

Thank you for reminding me about that.

No problem. Glad we could help find a solution for you. In answer to your question , NOW THAT I KOW YOUR SPEED PKG, (haha) Your speeds are EXCELLENT over the wifi connection. Your 2.4 is capping perfectly and your 5ghz is maxing out at it's speed tier. I would say your internet is good.






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