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      Different speeds from two machines

      Hi,

      I have Sky Fibre Pro and the router is syncing at around 47mb.

      On one laptop I consistently get around 44Mbps on various speed tests.

      On my main desktop PC the speed tests show less than that, e.g. 31Mbps. The upload speeds between both are consistent though at around 16.5Mbps.

      Both machines have Windows7 and I've conducted the tests from the same location, e.g. laptop sat next to desktop. I've tried the PC connected through 500Mpbs homeplugs and also using Wireless N which reports an excellent signal and connection speed of 144 Mbps.

      Any idea why the desktop is consistently lower? With Windows 7 are there registry settings that can affect performance? I know there used to be items you could tweak in XP, etc. but I though that it wasn't needed anymore in Windows 7.

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      Re: Different speeds from two machines

      Check to see if there are any driver updates for your network card

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      Re: Different speeds from two machines

      You could try downloading and installing Advanced System Care from IOBit. This may help.

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      Re: Different speeds from two machines

      Is the PC hard wired if so what cable have you used, is it CAT 5? You could always plug the PC ethernet cable into the laptop and disable wireless to see what speeds you get then.

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      Re: Different speeds from two machines

      Quote Originally Posted by AdamLC View Post
      Check to see if there are any driver updates for your network card
      Yes, I've checked, the latest are installed. The wireless adapter is an Asus PCE-N53 300Mbps.

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      You could try downloading and installing Advanced System Care from IOBit. This may help.
      Super, will take a look into this.

      Quote Originally Posted by tomthered View Post
      Is the PC hard wired if so what cable have you used, is it CAT 5? You could always plug the PC ethernet cable into the laptop and disable wireless to see what speeds you get then.
      Interesting, I never thought of this. Presumably by doing this I'm proving whether it's the desktop or the connection since by cabling to the laptop and using it's wireless I would expect to get the same speeds as the laptop.

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      Re: Different speeds from two machines

      The quality of your cable governs the quality of the speed. If its a standard BT cable used as an extension this is not good enough. If you plug the laptop into it that will show the speed of connection as the laptop speed may drop accordingly.

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      Re: Different speeds from two machines

      I've tried Advanced System Care and no difference.

      Nothing is cabled in the current set-up. Both desktop and laptop are Wireless N yet a fairly big difference in speed between the two.

      The desktop, with a slower download, is connected at 144Mbps with excellent signal strength so I'm at a loss as why there's a disconnect in speeds.

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      Re: Different speeds from two machines

      What other differences are there between the two computers?

      Could you make a short comparison list of what of the following is installed on both the Desktop and Laptop please?:
      1. Processor
      2. RAM
      3. O/S
      4. Firewall
      5. Anti-Virus
      6. Anti-malware software
      7. Hard Drive type (i.e. IDE, SATA, SSD)

      Also please could you double and triple check that if you aren't using the Windows firewall or M$ Essentials if you have another Firewall or AV package installed. Also check that you haven't accidentally installed a rival's AV program. I've noticed that quite a few like to install their AV Tool bar.

      Advanced System Care has a feature to enable you to optimise your connection settings. Please do see that this has been enabled.

      Finally, is the hard drive on the desktop reasonably full? It may be possible that it needs defragmenting.

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      Re: Different speeds from two machines

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      What other differences are there between the two computers?

      Could you make a short comparison list of what of the following is installed on both the Desktop and Laptop please?:
      1. Processor
      2. RAM
      3. O/S
      4. Firewall
      5. Anti-Virus
      6. Anti-malware software
      7. Hard Drive type (i.e. IDE, SATA, SSD)

      Also please could you double and triple check that if you aren't using the Windows firewall or M$ Essentials if you have another Firewall or AV package installed. Also check that you haven't accidentally installed a rival's AV program. I've noticed that quite a few like to install their AV Tool bar.

      Advanced System Care has a feature to enable you to optimise your connection settings. Please do see that this has been enabled.

      Finally, is the hard drive on the desktop reasonably full? It may be possible that it needs defragmenting.
      Thanks Scubbie, will compile specs and post.

      I ran through the optimization process for connection settings with Advanced System Care, I can't remember the parameters but I accepted it's suggestions.

      I've tried downloading the 1gb file from thinkbroadband :: Download Test Files and interestingly both machines consistently give the same approx speed - it's hardly a scientific measurement, but if I download the file and through View downloads monitor the throughput both machines are maxing out and pretty much holding steady at 5.2 MBps, which equates to approx 42 Mbps which is reasonable I assume on a sync of 47 Mbps.

      Thanks
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      Re: Different speeds from two machines

      If both machines are maxing out on a real life download test, then it sounds more likely that it is a computer performance issue.

      As another option, have you checked the speed tester available on this website? It doesn't get hammered as much as the speedtest site.

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