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Router not Routing?

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I got a home netowrking kit from my isp, everything is fine with it, but it's not acting like a router it is acting like a hub..... basically I can say is that it's a dsl modem and router in one made by speedstream model 6520... the reason I say it is acting like a hub is because if I do a speed test all by myself I get 2.5 megs download and if my wife does the test she gets 2.5 megs download. But if we both run the test at the same time... she will get 1.5 and I get 1.5 .... which is not right for a router at all. Can anyone tell me what is wrong please?

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that is right.. you are capped at 3meg.. so if you have 2 computers then it is 1.5 to each computer.. makes sense to me.. I have seen this before when you have more than one computer on a connection..

But I thought that is what a hub did... I thought a router gave both connections 3 megs a piece, a hub is what splits a line. Because when I had cable internet with a seperate Dlink router we would both hit cap on download ...the cable service was 5.1megs download and we would both hit 5.1megs on the download at the same time.

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But I thought that is what a hub did... I thought a router gave both connections 3 megs a piece, a hub is what splits a line. Because when I had cable internet with a seperate Dlink router we would both hit cap on download ...the cable service was 5.1megs download and we would both hit 5.1megs on the download at the same time.

Nope, a hub or router just routes the traffic on your lan.

Think of it as a hose connected to a "splitter". You have the hose connected to a main water source at 3PSI for example. Then you have a connector with 2 hoses connected to it. You turn just one on and you get the full 3PSI. Turn the second one on at the same time and it drops to 1.5PSI.

3PSI / 2 = 1.5 each.

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Its pretty much your router load balancing the connection that it has to work with.  You can probably go in the router and setup QoS (quality of service) so that one computer can get a faster connection than the other.  If you wanted to do that, that is.

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