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Computer connectivity question - please help if your knowledgable

 
Frustrated with Comcast
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03/27/2013 11:20 AM
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Computer connectivity question - please help if your knowledgable
A Comcast tech just left after having swapped out my docsis 2.0 cable modem for a 3.0. While here he also swapped out a netgear G router for an N router. Before he left I ran a speed test and was getting 30-35 Mbps (up from 15-20). This test was done on a 3 year old laptop (toshiba satellite) but when I run the speed test on my desktop (3 year old hp touchsmart) I get 20 Mbps. Both connected wirelessly. The desk top has an 802.11n adaptor. I have norton 360, so no viruses etc. both the laptop and desktop are the same distance from the modem and router.

Why the difference in speed? Just re-ran @speedtest.n*t and laptop got 50 Mbps but desktop still getting 19-20 Mbps.

Any advice, feedback or insight would be greatly appreciated
Frustrated with Comcast (OP)
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Re: Computer connectivity question - please help if your knowledgable
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03/27/2013 11:33 AM
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Re: Computer connectivity question - please help if your knowledgable
products with the word smart in them are geared toward people that are not smart, but want to look that way.
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03/27/2013 11:46 AM

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What type of wireless network adapter do you have in the Toshiba laptop? It doesn't surprise me that the HP is slower though because HP generally uses cheap components. It also makes a difference in how the wireless adapter connects to each one, for example, USB or installed on the motherboard. If installed on the motherboard you need to know what the bandwidth of the backside bus (to the southbridge) is; which can vary from motherboard to motherboard. If it uses USB, is it 2.0 or 3.0? Lots of things to consider when trying to figure out the causes of the speed difference.

Last Edited by fearno1 on 03/27/2013 11:46 AM
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