Fiberoptic Internet Quest, Part 3: Upload Speed Maxxed. Why is My Download Speed Still Slow?

I got my 50ft ethernet cable in the mail today and wasted no time connecting my PC directly to the modem/router combo. The results have proven to be confusing.

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As you can see, upload is where it should be. Download is like a third or so of what I’m paying for. As yet, I’m unsure what explains this. When I tested a wired connection a few days ago with my laptop I got the full rated speed out of it. The 5Ghz 802.11ac adapters come in a day or two, but until then this is what I have to deal with:

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It’s actually surprisingly unobtrusive. But it still bothers me to have a bare cable running along the edge of the floor like this. It came with brackets I can nail into the wall, but I don’t want to put any more holes in the walls than I absolutely have to, being that I rent this place.

Who knows? Maybe this is a fixable software issue or something. Or maybe the wireless adapters will be the secret sauce that fixes everything and gets me the full speed I’m paying for. I hope so. This has been a messy, difficult ordeal so far and I’m eager for it to be over.

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