davis78 Posted January 19, 2016 CID Report Share Posted January 19, 2016 (edited) Hi, I have a concern/question about mbps download speeds over my wireless router and whether or not I need a new router OR if what I’m experiencing is totally normal. So, I am signed up to receive 50mbps from my internet service provider. When connected directly to the modem, I’ll get around 50mbps for the most part. Over Wi-Fi, when I do my download speed test on the website TestMy.net, I’ll usually get a 20-40 mbps rate. One test will show, for example. 30.45 mbps. The next test about ten seconds later will show 36.75mbps. The next test will show 35.01mbps. The next, 35.75mbps. The next, 39.85mbps. Now, let’s fast forward to another scenario, say two hours later (keep in mind that I am staying at the same location with my laptop). I’ll pull up TestMy.net. First test, 39.03. Next test, 36.65. Next test 25.43. Next test 20.09 mbps. Next test 25.23 mbps. Next test 29.53. The next day, I may do a series of test around a specific hour in the day and get consistent numbers between 40 and 42mbps. One time, I even got a better download speed over Wi-Fi in my living room than I did directly next to the wireless router itself. The mbps download speed rarely ever drops below 15 mbps. I like to stream HD movies on Netflix (which is the only thing I do with my internet, besides basic internet, news, email and other small tasks). However, my concern is my WiFi fluctuating so much. Is too much internet speed fluctuation bad for streaming an HD movie on Netflix? Or is it really internet speed BY ITSELF that matters? For example, Netflix recommends 5mbps download speed for HD movie content. Hardly and rarely ever does my Wi-Fi fluctuate below 10mbps. Like I said, it usually fluctuates between 20-40mbps. Sometimes it will drop down in the 10-20’s, but this isn’t as constant as going between 20-40mbps. So my question is, if I want to stream 720p HD Netflix content on my computer, is it fine for my wireless router to fluctuate between 20-40mbps, or even 10-40mbps? Is the fluctuation itself going to interfere with my video experience, or will my video experience only have problems with bad internet speed alone. Does it sound like my wireless router is working for my internet needs or should I invest in a new wireless router? https://testmy.net/compID/883772904 Thanks, Signed a person confused about fluctuation. Edited January 19, 2016 by CA3LE results grahped Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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