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Different bandwidth for different devices

  1. Oct 19, 2012 #1
    Hi, i'm trying to diagnose a bandwidth problem on my PC. i'm getting less than half a Mbit when connected to my house's wireless router. However, when i connect to that same router with my phone i get over 4Mb.

    Both devices were tested on the same website (bandwidth place) so i am certain that the test results are on the same scale. On my PC videos will run for a few seconds, buffer for longer, then run for a few seconds, etc. On my phone the same video runs smoothly.

    The embedded NIC in my PC recently died, so i replaced it with a USB NIC. The new NIC is 802.11n and it is connected to a USB 2.0. i'm at a loss for what i can do to correct this problem. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 24, 2012 #2
    USB NIC is a bad idea. Performance will always be bad due to the nature of the USB setup.
  4. Oct 24, 2012 #3
    Thanks for the input. Are you saying that it isn't worth my time to continue trying to make this product work as advertised? As in i should just buy a traditional card because there is no solution to this problem?
  5. Oct 24, 2012 #4
    If you can buy a PCI card then by all means, it will give the best performance. They are pretty cheap these days.
  6. Oct 25, 2012 #5
    i appreciate the advice, thanks!
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