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Different download speeds on two machines side by side


telboy

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#1
I have a 60mb fibre broadband – on my old laptop (Win 8.1)with no external antenna, only what is built into the machine – I am getting over 62mb on several tests. My desktop – fourcore intel i5, 8mb ram on Win8 has no antenna either so I have an Alfa (AWUS036NH) with a 6db gain aerial attached, is struggling to reach 20mb. They are located side by side. Can anybody suggest as to what is likely to be wrong with the desktop setup? Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks
 

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    win 8

Der Snoober

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Hi there telboy and welcome to Eight Forums,

Ok...I understand you want to know why your laptop can download faster then the desktop machine. Well, there is no easy answer because there can be a lot of reasons why this difference occurs. In example: drivers, installed software, hdd, memory, active programs, network setup etc.

My advice for you would be to trail and error. First I'd start by connection the desktop to a wired network and check the downloadspeed. If that's way higher you found the bottleneck, the wireless reciever. If not...you would have to do more trail and error.

Sorry I can't help you any further right now. But there are just to many reasons why this problem can occur.

Goodluck with the trail and error! And please post back your results.

Greetz,

Rover
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Made
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 750
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD HD 7750
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama ProLite B2481HS-B1
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1x 120 GB SSD Samsung 830;
    1x 1.5 TB HDD Seagate;
    1x 2 TB HDD Western Digital;
    1x 3 TB HDD Seagate
    1x 80 GB SSD Vertex 2
    PSU
    Corsair CX 600
    Case
    Corsair Carbide 300R with Side Window
    Cooling
    Intel RTS2011 LC
    Keyboard
    DasKeyboard (blue switches)
    Mouse
    Wacom Baboo Tablet Pen & Touch
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbit FullDuplex Fiberglass
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    IE11
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    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    I also own the following Microsoft devices:
    * Surface Pro 2 128 GB
    * Windows Phone HTC 8X

telboy

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Der Snoober thanks for your reply. I did wonder about that but thought it wouldn't account for such a drop. As it is difficult for me to get the laptop near the router to use a cable, without a lot of work, I am going to give it a week or two. My reason is that I have been thinking about updating my desktop with an update to 8.1 and fitting a ssd drive. I will also be taking a lot of stuff off it that I no longer use. I will do speed tests again then and will post my results.
Thanks again
 

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  • OS
    win 8

CountMike

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Just a thought, to be able to reach those speeds, your WiFi adapter has to be 802.11 "N" compatible, B and G can not reach those speeds.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
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    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
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    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
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    Raidmax
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    CCM Nepton 140xl
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    40/2 Mbps
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    Firefox
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    WD

Der Snoober

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Just a thought, to be able to reach those speeds, your WiFi adapter has to be 802.11 "N" compatible, B and G can not reach those speeds.
Indeed. Good suggestions. But then there is also the way the adapter is connected to the pc. USB/ internal card etc. That also can influence the speed. I think trail and error, changing one setting at a time, is the best way to find the bottleneck.

Greetz,

Rover
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Made
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 750
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD HD 7750
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama ProLite B2481HS-B1
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1x 120 GB SSD Samsung 830;
    1x 1.5 TB HDD Seagate;
    1x 2 TB HDD Western Digital;
    1x 3 TB HDD Seagate
    1x 80 GB SSD Vertex 2
    PSU
    Corsair CX 600
    Case
    Corsair Carbide 300R with Side Window
    Cooling
    Intel RTS2011 LC
    Keyboard
    DasKeyboard (blue switches)
    Mouse
    Wacom Baboo Tablet Pen & Touch
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbit FullDuplex Fiberglass
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    I also own the following Microsoft devices:
    * Surface Pro 2 128 GB
    * Windows Phone HTC 8X

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