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NolaTiger52
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jul 2018
429 posts

Internet speeds in an apartment
I just moved into an apartment. My internet should be doing fine, and speedtest.net on my laptop has me at 79.80 mbps down and 64 mbps up. When downloading on xbox, my speeds fluctuate greatly, and very quickly. From 80mbps to 1000 kbps within a second. I know this is probably due to the interference in the apartments, but is there something I can get to stop this fluctuation?

I have my xbox hardwired in to the ATT wifi extender, and i cannot hardwire in to the modem. Any suggestions?


gpburdell
Georgia Tech Fan
ATL
Member since Jun 2015
610 posts

re: Internet speeds in an apartment
Most extenders are crap and hard wiring into an extender is no better than just using wifi directly.

I'd suggest powerline networking. This will give you a hard line from your modem to your xbox. Not as good as real CAT ethernet cable but it did wonders in my old townhouse compared to inconsistent wifi.

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-powerline-networking-kit/

If for some reason powerline doesn't work out. You can also look at ethernet over coax (MoCA) if you've got coax outlets in the rooms where your modem and xbox is.


NolaTiger52
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jul 2018
429 posts

re: Internet speeds in an apartment
Will powerline give everyone on the same circuit as I am access to my internet?


VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
25799 posts

re: Internet speeds in an apartment
This is a common misconception.

While having fast internet speed is great that speed can still be throttled at the source. You can only take in what they are willing to push out. The wifi extender can add to this issue.


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gpburdell
Georgia Tech Fan
ATL
Member since Jun 2015
610 posts

re: Internet speeds in an apartment
When you setup the powerline network, just change the default password. Then if anyone else has a powerline device they won't be able to connect to your network.

I've never used powerline in an apartment so it's possible it might not work well with how everything is wired. Buy a kit from somewhere with a return policy like amazon or best buy so you can test it out first.


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shawnlsu
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2011
15776 posts

re: Internet speeds in an apartment
Apartments suck for bandwidth. Usually you are on a "community node" which means you share a connection with everyone else there. It will fluctuate and there's not much you can do. Cox is the worst offender for this in the BR area but ATT is a close 2nd.
and then there is the issue of hundreds of wifi networks in close proximity.
This post was edited on 2/12 at 8:58 am


NolaTiger52
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jul 2018
429 posts

re: Internet speeds in an apartment
Yeah, I’ve got ATT. Sometimes its super fricking fast, sometimes super slow. I just don’t know why my speed test is showing such a high download speed, then my actual download speeds on my Xbox are super slow


bluebarracuda
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2011
14633 posts

re: Internet speeds in an apartment
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then my actual download speeds on my Xbox are super slow


Someone already told you in here. It's likely your wifi extender is a POS. Being hardwired into it is no better than just being on normal wifi


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