Question My router is limiting my speed?

coldcell

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I'm using Linksys EA6350. All default settings and have been working fine.

Today I realized my internet speed is significantly slower, so I did a speedtest. My download speed is 40mbps, but when I tested, I got 5-8mbps.

My connection route is: ISP modem wired to Linksys EA6350, from there wired to my current PC. The Linksys EA6350 works as a wireless router. I did a test by connecting my ISP modem directly to my PC, and I got all 40mbps. But when I connect through the Linksys EA6350, my speed is back to 5-8mbps. I'm not sure what happened because previously when I did a speedtest (in normal setup), I did get the full speed.

I tried changing the cable, but it's the same deal. I can't help but think it's the Linksys EA6350's fault but I'm not sure what changed. No firmware update or anything. I'm at loss since even if I call my ISP, I'm not sure there's anything they can do.

Thanks.
 

Lutfij

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You might want to see what firmware version you're currently on for your wireless router. If there are firmware updates pending on your router, make sure you're on the latest revision. Does the issue happen while wirelessly connected and wired or only on wired? You can choose from their location drop down menu to get the router and the support page.

Yeah, it could definitely be the router...considering how removing that gives you the full bandwidth you're paying for. It could even be that the router is failing or on it's way out, much like most of Linksys's devices.
 

coldcell

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You might want to see what firmware version you're currently on for your wireless router. If there are firmware updates pending on your router, make sure you're on the latest revision. Does the issue happen while wirelessly connected and wired or only on wired? You can choose from their location drop down menu to get the router and the support page.

Yeah, it could definitely be the router...considering how removing that gives you the full bandwidth you're paying for. It could even be that the router is failing or on it's way out, much like most of Linksys's devices.
I logged into the router and checked for update, it doesn't say there's any update.

The router is only 6 months old, I hope it isn't a router issue. Is there anything else other than hardware failure that's causing this?
 
It would be very strange for a router to limit you that much. Like most similar routers it can likely pass close to 1gbit wan/lan so 40mbps is nothing.

I would try a factory reset and then only set the admin password and wifi passwords. Leave everything else on default. There are some setting on some routers that can put a huge load on the cpu. Mostly stuff that tries to limit certain classes of traffic.

In the default configuration most routers actually allow the traffic to bypass the cpu and use a hardware acceleration feature that lets it get the gigabit speeds.

The router I guess could be defective but in general tplink makes pretty good product and that is a older well know chipset so most the bugs have been patched.
 

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