Help with internet speed.

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Bandwidth limits
ethernet cable
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Streaming Video
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So me and my roommate are both hard wired into a router he has the first port and i have the 2nd...his computer is older and is damaged a bit. (4g ram prolly 2ghz). My computer is 12g ddr3 and 2.6 ghz...now i pull off the router about 1.0 Gbps and hes getting roughly 65 Mbps. He has a longer ethernet cord about 8ft where as mine is only 4 ft. He insists that when my computer is off hes getting way faster download speeds but i don\'t find a difference when his if off....out of both of us he downloads roughly 200Gbs worth of crap a month vs my 50Gbs. He has a Ps3 hooked up constantly via wireless where he plays his games on. and i constantly am either playing Diablo 3 or League of Legends and we both stream TV shows occasionally. Now is this just a matter of bandwidth hogging on both our parts or is there a reason hes getting shittier speeds from the router even tho hes in port 1. its just weird that im getting the better speeds in port 2.

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both running windows 7.

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  • mshen
    He probably has a 100mbps NIC while you are using a 1gbps NIC.
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  • mshen
    oh wait...  65mbps seems like wireless speeds.  Are you sure his ethernet NIC is active?
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  • andyhumphreys
    First things first. Swap your computer to his port, and his computer to your port. What happens? Does his performance suddenly increase and yours dives? If that's the case, then I would say the issue is either with the cable serving the slowest machine, the port on the router (possibly faulty) or something is configured somewhere in the router to strangle the bandwidth for that port, perhaps QoS or rate limiting.
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  • vinu17
    your friend having 802.11b wlan and you may b using 802.11n just check out first.
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  • James Murray
    I'm suspicous of two things.  First is your description of a router.  It sounds like you are both connected to the Internet modem for your ISP (say comcast.) in wich case you and your friend are connected to a switch.The switch on an internet modem should be the same whatever port you are connected to (unless one port is bad.) though sometimes one port may be purposely desigened by the manufacturer as a lower speed port.  Assuming that is not the case, there should be no difference in the output from the switch.  The cables, assuming they are both the same quality of twisted pair, shouldn't make a difference at 4 or 8 feet.  That points to the computers itself.  The NIC is the obvious place where there could be a major difference between the two systems.  So also could the I/O to the hard disk through the bus.  Your friends computer may be just a piece of junk compared to yours.It's simple to verify port speeds are the sameIt's simple to verify cables are the sameThen look at the NIC cards... verify the settings are the same in terms of protocols and incoming standards.  a lot of old NIC cards didn't work on Auto for identifying protocols, so you may want to match the protocols across the NIC cards.  Also test without the wireless turned on for both systems.  Good Luck
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