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Trying to understand connection speeds: 4G WiFi Modem or Landline


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OZDOUG

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Hi,

Some advice please!.......

I am living in West Australia & am using a 4G WiFi Modem for my internet connections. 

After using 3 different pieces of web available software to measure my connection speed I get an average of about 30-35Mbps.

I am also checking with local suppliers to see what is available for a home phone line installation that will give me more data (but I have to accept a phone line installation!).

One relativley good supplier will give me all the data I want but the connection speed is 12Mbps.

I understand the 4G modem is a totally wireless setup, whereas the home installation will be optical fibre/copper line all the way to the WiFi modem, but how is it that the speeds can be so different?!

Please educate me!!   :prop:


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There are a huge number of things that influence Internet speeds, I'll try to give you a quick overview -

 

  • Wired/wireless incoming connection: Wires are nearly always faster than wireless, especially when you get into the world of fiber optics - they allow for an amazing speed as well as a huge throughput. 
  • Hardware age: the older the modem/router/house that you're running your signal through, the slower it's going to be.
  • Connection type: if you're connected via a 2.4GHz WiFi connection to your router/access point, you can encounter signal interference especially if there are a lot of networks around you. The same can be said for 5GHz networks, but the channels are set up to allow for more space in between so this doesn't happen, but 5GHz networks have problems going through walls and other solid surfaces.
  • MBps vs Mbps: The difference is Megabytes vs Megabits. The MB (MegaByte) is a larger unit of measurement, because a byte is 8 bits. If your current connection is measured in MBps and the connection the company is offering you is measured in Mbps, you'll have to do the conversion, and vice versa. 
  • The biggest issue with speed tests: Time of day. Regardless what Internet plan you get, unless you pay for a SLA (Service Level Agreement,, i.e a guarantee that you will always get the speeds you pay for) you're going to experience slower speeds when more people are using the network. This commonly happens between 3&6 PM and 8&11PM (or at least, in my area). Running speeds tests at times that have less users active will allow for your device to get a faster connection, and that definitely goes the other way for busy network times. 

 

All in all, you definitely have to do the research and ask about the speed guarantees. I myself pay for 150/150 Mbps, which is blazing fast.. when I get that speed. Often, I run at the same speed on my WiFi as I do on my LTE phone connection. Do the research, look at the prices, see who's going to give you the fastest speed for the lowest price, and see who (if anyone) can guarantee you that speed.

 

 

Here's a link to read about causes of internet speeds being different, if you want to do some investigating on your own.

 

 

Let me know if I can help with anything else!


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Many thanks Mr......Cake?   :spoton:

 

The difference is how the speed is quoted (MBps v Mbps) I confess I missed that one so I need to be sure I check that BIG TIME....Thanks!


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Absolutely! Happy to help! 

 

Let us know if we can be of any more assistance!


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