# Internet speed questions?

Is the result from internet speed test already divided for all connected devices or is it the maximum the ISP gives you for your plan? Say I get 50 Mbps from my PC through wifi while my spectrum plan says up to 200, is this normal?

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• 3 weeks ago

you should check your internet service provider.

• Anonymous
4 weeks ago

With the plan you pay for. Which is adequate for home use.

• 1 month ago

I have a 50Mbps.

I was told that I can have 2 devices connected at the same time and both get the top speed. Any amount of connections over 2 and the speed goes down.

Which means a wireless printer, Roku, Wii, PlayStation,Kindle and all your smart appliances which connect automatically will drain your speed.

Lv 4
1 month ago

The type of connection between your PC and the router is one part of the whole picture. If your plan says up to 200Mbps then there is no guarantee that you'll always get that speed. This is because the service provider has multiple clients connected to the same exchange. This is called a contention ratio.

If the contention ratio is 20:1 (20 to 1) then 20 individual clients can connect via one line/exchange. If the line has a max bandwidth of 2000Mbps and 20 clients are connected, the bandwidth is divided equally by each connected client. In this case, each client will receive a maximum of 100Mbps. If only 5 clients are connected, then each will receive 400Mbps but will be limited to 200Mbps based on the plan chosen.

There is a guaranteed speed which basically a minimum speed that the line will provide. If the minimum is 50Mbps, then regardless how may clients are connected, you will receive a minimum of 50Mbps up to a maximum of 200Mbps.

Then the router itself will determine the speed between the router and each connected client on the router. The contention ratio of the router will apply here. The more devices (clients) you have connected to your router that are busy utilising it, the slower the connection each device receives.

Then the environment is a factor as well. If you're using a cable, then the environment wont affect you, but with WiFi, the more objects between the device and the router, the weaker, and subsequently slower, the connection will be. Concrete, plaster, plastic and similar materials absorb the signal waves from the router. Metal will deflect the waves.

Certain WiFi standards provide stronger waves or more waves in total. Others provide waves that can penetrate objects better. The 5Ghz bandwidth, 802.11ac and ax, are stronger and better at penetrating objects than the 2.4Ghz bandwidth, 802.11b/g and n.

• 1 month ago

With wired, directly off the router, you should get near that 200 from Spectrum.

Your 50 Mbps WiFi just means you have a less then good router.  You get what you pay for.  My routers usually cost near \$200.  I just now got 204 Mbps wired and there is my nephews router between me and the modem.  My phone just got 202 Mbps.  The router is an Asus RT-AC88U.   The one I came through is essentially the same model but it does AX (WiFi 6)

If you spent \$50 on your router, plan on a new one.  Plan ahead.  That means, get one that is WiFi 6.  Next phone will connect to it faster than anything can connect to my current one.

• 1 month ago

200 MBPS is wired internet,Wifi is always slower.Also max wifi speed depends on equipment you use:

Protocol v    Theoretical Maximum Bitrate

802.11b        11 Mbps

802.11a        54 Mbps

802.11g        54 Mbps

802.11n        600 Mbps

802.11ac        6,933 Mbps

802.11ax         9,608 Mbps

Router and laptop have to be the same type

• Anonymous
1 month ago

The speed the service provides is the BEST speed that you would get if you have a DIRECT CONNECTION - so not wifi.  Connection to the internet with an ethernet cable is ALWAYS going to give you a better (faster) connection.

• 1 month ago