I have Gigabit internet service at my home. I use a Deco mesh wifi system. On my phone, coonected to my wifi, I get download speed of 860 Mbps, so I am confident I’m getting the service I am paying for. However, I also have an older desktop (8 years old) and an older laptop (6 years old) that don’t only get around 250 Mbps and 180 Mbps respectively.
Is there any hardware out on the market I could use to increase my speeds, or are the older hardware buses insurmountable?
Hard-wiring with ethernet isn’t terribly practical based on where my service enters my house and where the desktop is located.
Do you get that 860Mbps speed on your phone near your PC?
That is basically test #1.
If Yes, you might be able to upgrade the Wi-Fi speed on the PC via a hardware upgrade.
Does the PC have USB 3? If yes, you can you can find a high qualify USB 3.0 Wi-Fi adapter that should get you up above 500MB at least else the PC might have an open slot for an ethernet card upgrade. A little trickier. The Laptop hopefully has USB 3.0, very likely. So same deal with a 5G WiFi adapter.
If No you’ll have to find a high quality high speed Wi-Fi extender and play with it to optimize speed near the PC.
Additional things to check,
Can you bring the laptop near the base unit of the WiFi and get better speed?
There are often adapter settings, especially for the Laptop being only 6 years old that can help with speed. You’ll want to look for settings that use the 5G capabilities. They aren’t on by default quite often with older computers.
Probably a very good idea to update the current ethernet drivers. This fairly simple trick might help.
The WiFi adapters vary so much in quality and most of the bargain ones seem to make claims that don’t work. So if you can’t run wire, you’ll need a high quality USB 3.0 adapter.
I don’t have a strong recommendation unfortunately. TP-Link is at least solid and might do the job. I did pretty well with the: TP-Link Nano AC600 USB Wifi Adapter(Archer T2U Nano)- 2.4G/5G Dual Band Wireless Network Adapter but it isn’t perfect. But on a 2014 PC in the basement game room I get about 300MB and testing my phone near it, I only get 360MB. Occasionally I have to unplug the device and put it back in to get full speed again. I haven’t tested this adapter in a better location.
FTR: My phone gets 633+MB near the Router.
I ran Cat-7 cable to my office and this my main PC is getting 920MB.
I’d upgrade the RAM in both machines if they aren’t maxxed out already. Crucial dot com has a small utility that can be downloaded and can check the capacity. They generally have good prices too if you want to buy more RAM.
Honestly it depends on what you’re doing on the Internet. For browsing the Internet and streaming on that machine 80 mbps is fine. When you get into gaming and especially gaming and streaming out, over 500 mbps seems to be the goal these days.
I have crazy high speed as I ran Cat-7 to my office to a good quality Gigabyte Switch. I don’t need that much speed, but I like being on wire instead of WiFi. We then ran a Cat-7 to my sons room where I put in another Gigabyte Switch. He is doing cutting edge gaming and streaming it out to Twitch or something like that. Everything else is WiFi. Just viewing streaming, video conferencing and general Internet use.
Cool. That makes sense–as a non-gamer I just couldn’t imagine why such bandwidth would be needed in a residential environment. People regularly overestimate how much bandwidth is needed for things like Zoom or YouTube.
Now for LAN that’s different: back during lockdown I was doing substantial video editing for our church and was seriously considering upgrading to 10Gbit LAN because that is sufficient to do video editing directly off of a NAS.
Never did set that up because the technology is quite different from standard Ethernet and gets pricy quickly. But some day I’ll need to.
So, first, I don’t really need Gigabit internet speeds, but I am paying for it (at least my company is…) so I wanted to see if there was an easy and inexpensive way to get better performance. I will see later today if the $25 USB 3.0 wifi adapter makes a difference.
The desktop and laptop work perfectly fine otherwise.