Hey all, no idea even where to begin here, so I’ll begin at the beginning.
New apartment, new internet, AT&T 300 plan. Super happy with it for the last 10 days while working from a couple of laptops that I own. On Steam I’ve been getting downloads around 20-22 mb/s. Which is great – almost twice as fast as my internet in DC.
So…sweet, I think. When my desktop arrives and I hook that up, that speed boost will be great.
Except…it isn’t there. In fact, my desktop PC does downloads at nearly half the speed rate that I’m getting on my laptops. And to really test it out, I connected the router to a powerline connection so I could use an ethernet cable. I plugged the ethernet into my desktop…and it just kind of chugs. Broadband for sure, but on a steam download (from the same server as my laptops) I’m peaking around 5mb/s. (Yes, I checked UPlay and Origin too. Same deal.) I remove the ethernet cable from the desktop and plug it into a laptop, and it’s nearly 3 times faster across the board, sometimes 3.5 to 4 times faster.
And when I run speed test, again, same connection server, the difference is really insane. This is the same powerline ethernet cable connection, desktop and laptop:
Any ideas? There’s no reason the desktop should be slower than the laptop – it’s a far more powerful computer operating on the same internet network.
I’m stumped. It’s like there’s a “I want slower internet” switch on the desktop that needs to be toggled off.