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USB Wireless Adapters not performing properly?

by JacobFlow3r / January 17, 2016 2:02 PM PST

Machine name: JACOBROBERTS-PM
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0, Build 10240) (10240.th1.160104-1507)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: MSI
System Model: MS-7721
BIOS: BIOS Date: 03/14/14 10:01:24 Ver: 04.06.05
Processor: AMD A10-5800K APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~4.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8134MB RAM
Page File: 4989MB used, 4424MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: 12

Linksys Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless USB 3.0 Adapter (WUSB6300)- (Certified Refurbished): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LV86O82?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

Etekcity AC600 Dual Band USB WiFi Dongle / Wireless Network Adapter with WPS (2.4 GHz, 150Mbps / 5GHz, 433Mbps): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WIHV4EO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

ISP: AT&T with U-verse Gigapower. Advertised and current speed: 1GBPS Up and Down.

I'm using speedtest.net for all speedtests. Ran about 10 speedtests for each connection type.

I am on my 5ghz network connection with the bandwidth settings all the way up etc.

Average speed my computer gets with direct ethernet (Through like 2 rooms with ~200ft ethernet cable) to the router: 505MBPS-Down 775MBPS-Up 9msPing

Average speed my computer gets with Linksys Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless USB 3.0 Adapter: 169MBPS-Down 174MBPS-up 11msPing

Average speed my computer gets with Etekcity AC600 Dual Band USB WiFi Dongle: 184MBPS-Down 112MBPS-Up 20msPing

After all of that overwhelming information, my real question is: Why are my adapters not performing to their advertised speed? All of my drivers are updated for each adapter etc. I'm pretty satisfied with the speeds i got with ethernet (I dont need all of the advertised 1gbps lol) but I very much so do not want to run an ethernet cable through a closet/bathroom/hallway/to my bedroom in order to achieve those speeds. I'm happy with all of the ping (ms) results i got. I'm just curious if there was anything I could do in order to achieve faster speeds maybe at the least 300mpbs up/down. The Etekcity adapter is supposed to get me 433 and the other is supposed to be getting me 867. I know it wont get all the way up there but im just wondering why im getting around 100-200 speeds when the adapters are supposed to get more.

For the fun of it i also tried connecting both adapters at the same time and doing speed tests and that averaged all of the tests to around 150MBPS.

The real question: is there anything I can do to achieve faster speeds/a better connection?

Thank you,

Jacob

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Clarification Request
Are you sure those are MBPS?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2016 2:52 PM PST

That would be Million Bytes Per Second. While I usually see Million bits Per Second your numbers are 8 times higher than normal.

I'll assume you were just mistyping the acronyms.

Wired always wins speed races since WiFi is shared space without the router or switched hub benefits.

Also that's "The theoretical max speed of 802.11ac is eight 160MHz 256-QAM channels, each of which are capable of 866.7Mbps" and not what you'll see in the real world.

There are thousands of posts about this now. Folk wanting it to get to 866.

Post was last edited on January 17, 2016 2:59 PM PST

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Clarification
by JacobFlow3r / January 17, 2016 4:05 PM PST

Oops! I meant Megabytes per second! I guess I don't know correct terminology when it comes to networking! So even if my adapter is rated at 867 megabytes per second then I still can't get more than around 200?

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My bet is it it megabits per second.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2016 4:10 PM PST
In reply to: Clarification

The theoretical speed is just that. In a lab, under ideal conditions etc.

I may be missing it but what AC ROUTER is installed and distance. 200 feet and 200 megabits is outstanding speed.

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200ft
by JacobFlow3r / January 17, 2016 4:31 PM PST

The ethernet cable is 200ft, the distance between my computer and the router is not. It's probably 50ft away.

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Still very good numbers for 50 feet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2016 5:05 PM PST
In reply to: 200ft

Remember I take it that you have read prior discussions on speed over WiFi. Since I can't find the WiFi router in use I can't check basics. I have to leave this up to you now.

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CNET pegged this router at "only" 500 megabit per second.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 18, 2016 2:26 PM PST
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