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Old 29-01-2013, 07:34
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After some advice please regarding laptop download speed.
Just got a new Windows 8 laptop which using speedtest gets a maximum of 36mbps download and 14mbps up.
My daughter has a Windows 7 laptop which gets 54mbps down and 14mbps up.
I've not tried via a wired connection just yet so just wondered if anyone might have any thoughts as to why there's such a difference?
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Old 29-01-2013, 08:34
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It could be down to a number of reasons. When you tried them both, were they both in the same place/room? Or were they in different parts of the house? It could be down to interference where some rooms get better signal than others. Plus it could also be that your daughter's laptop may have a better wireless card. Have you also ensured that nobody else was using the Internet at the same time that you were testing?
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Old 29-01-2013, 09:49
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Thanks for reply.
Both were tested in same room and position, both tested seperately with nothing else using Internet.
When I get home I will see what a wired connection produces.
I know its not a major issue as what it's getting is plenty for what it's used for, but little things like this niggle me.
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Old 29-01-2013, 09:55
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Do they both have 802.11n wi-fi?
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Old 29-01-2013, 10:05
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Do they both have 802.11n wi-fi?
Not sure about the Windows 7 laptop, but Windows 8 which is a advent monza t100 definitely does and connected to BT HH3.
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Old 29-01-2013, 10:14
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Not at all sure about this, just throwing it out as an idea for experts to comment on:

I think some modern routers can use two wi-fi channels. Is it possible that the slower computer is only using one channel, or a channel which is clogged up with traffic from neighbours routers?
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Old 29-01-2013, 10:23
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Obviously, Windows 7 is better than Windows 8.
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Old 29-01-2013, 18:26
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I've tried a wired connection and get 64mbps up 15mbps down so it definitely to do with the wireless side of things.
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Old 30-01-2013, 21:28
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Nobody has mentioned yet about the performance specs of the laptops.

Wireless (depending on the hardware and drivers) can hit the CPU quite a bit, and it's entirely possible that the Windows 8 laptop is a lower spec than the Windows 7 one, and this is contributing to the observed differences in speeds.

It's also possible that the wireless card in the 7 laptop is just better than the one in the 8 laptop.
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Old 31-01-2013, 10:15
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Performance specs on Windows 8 laptop are much higher than the Windows 7 laptop so don't think that's the issue.
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Old 31-01-2013, 10:19
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It might be worth running inSSIDer on both computers and seeing if it shows up any differences between them. It's a freeware utility which displays wi-fi networks within range, channels used, amount of data transferred, etc
http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider
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Old 31-01-2013, 22:02
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Performance specs on Windows 8 laptop are much higher than the Windows 7 laptop so don't think that's the issue.
Update:

I tried two computers copying a large file over my homeplug network last night.

My Q6700 tower with 8GB, spinny HDD and Windows 7 transferred data about 30% faster than my Core i7-3630QM laptop with 8GB, third generation HDD and Windows 8.

The Windows 8 laptop is at least twice as fast as the 5-year old tower, if not three times as fast.

Perhaps Windows 8 networking is just crapper than in 7.

No, really.
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