I recently just installed a CAT 6 cable from my router to my computer. When i first installed the cable i was getting speeds of 200+ but after a week or two they have shot right down to the 80s. I've restarted my router and contacted customer service but all they have told me is that if your internet is still working, you should not let it bother you. I'm a Electrician as trade, so i do a lot of projects which means i need a high download speed.
Firstly set up a Broadband Quality Monitor (BQM) at thinkbroadband.com - this will give you an insight into what is happening with the signal at the Hub, it will take a few hours to get any kind of trend showing.
Post a link to your BQM on here.
Type 192.168.0.1 into your browser URL bar and press enter. When the page appears DO NOT LOG IN but click ‘Check Router Status’. Copy and paste the contents of each tab onto here, a Guru will be along soon to decipher the info.
I have a gigabit network card. Its confusing me as it was working the week before but not anymore? When i go into my hardware systems, it says my hardware card is capped at 100mbps. I have read up and found out sometimes a faulty cat 6 cable can do this? Im confused how the cable can get 100mbps if its faulty.
snip.... I have read up and found out sometimes a faulty cat 6 cable can do this? Im confused how the cable can get 100mbps if its faulty.
Ethernet cables have four twisted pairs of conductors which might or might not be individually screened depending on the rating of the cable. For gigabit speed all eight wires have to be properly connected but in some cases if one pair is broken (the cable is cracked or one plug has a bad connection), then the cable can still transfer data but at a slower 100 Mbit/s speed. In all newish machines, the network interface cards themselves will detect which connections are working and if possible auto negotiate the maximum speed the cable and combination of network interfaces at both ends can support. Both ends then adjust themselves accordingly and work at that speed.