My Superhub 2 stopped working the other day, checked with 150 and the person couldn't work out what the issue was so I was told I'd get a new hub sent out. I'd suggested I tried a full reset (pin in the back) to see if that would work but was told it wouldn't make any difference as I'd tried 4 times just doing a standard reset (switching off, unplugging, waiting etc etc) and for some reason I still couldn't get any internet. Me being me, and as I work from home and was getting bored, I decided to try the reset anyway, and after a couple of attempts it worked, everything was back and running fine. Until....
My new Superhub 3 arrived today. I debated with myself whether or not to use it but decided to go ahead and give it a try. Putting to one side the ridiculous 2.4ghz/5ghz issues with various devices around the house that meant I had to go in and change the SSID (who the hell thought that was a good idea???) the wifi is very very good all around the house. So far anyway.
The problem, and it's not a monumental issue, is with my work pc, which is connected via ethernet. I've gone from getting average speeds which were between 150mbps and 200mbps (I'm on Vivid 200) to around 80mbps. I've checked the NIC (1 gigabit, all settings are correct under Duplex or whatever it was called). The cable is Cat5e, which I understand isn't as good as Cat6. I checked using a cat6 cable on a laptop and got back to the higher speeds, but then I checked on the same laptop with a another 5e cable (is it just me that hoards cables?) and still got the same 180+ speeds. Because the pc is in another room, it's not exactly easy to change the cable, which is why I tried with a laptop, which by the way doesn't have a 1 gigabit NIC.
So to summarise - the only change to my setup is the new hub 3. The last recorded test I've got on the old hub from the pc was 201mpbs. Just tested again and it's 87.43mpbs. That's pretty good, more than adequate to do whatever I want. If it wasn't for the fact that I'm paying for 200mpbs. Is it the Hub? Is it worth crawling around the house and putting the cat6 cable in? Should I stop moaning about almost 90 meg dl speeds?
100 meters is usually the "limit" for a single length of cable without a switch or repeater inbetween, certainly not 10 meters.
however, i've got a cable that is 10m and i see a drop in achievable speeds when using it, but i suspect that is down to the poor quality of the cable rather than the length. buy cheap and you get cheap results. cable is not "just cable".