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Inconsistent speeds

chinohills

Member
Hi

Just set up my new mobile broadband with a three unlimited data sim.

I'm using the Huawei b525 hub and the poynting 4G XPOL A0001 antenna.

The speeds are reading very differently depending on where I read them. On the hub homepage it says I have 10 Gbps download and when I use the Google speed test it is about 10mbps.

Anyway my main issue is the upload is consistently higher than the download.
Should this be the case and if not then how can I try to fix this issue?

It is also worth mentioning my results drastically change.

1 moment it's 10mbps download the next it's 1 if that.
 

fat jez

Casual Member
you're sharing capacity with other users. Most people download more than they upload, so your download speeds will fluctuate. Depending on where you are and how your local site is configured in terms of capacity, 10Mbps could be about right.
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
Obviously 10Gbps isn't right in any outcome :) . Out of interest, if you connect with your mobile phone to the same network then what speeds do you get?
 

kommando828

Casual Member
I do not use Google speed test as it does not pick up I have dual wan which suggests its single thread not multiple. Instead I use speedtest.net.
 

purplebogmonste

Regular Member
I use the Ookla speedtest Windows app as I find it reasonably reliable. I find the speed I am getting on Vfe LTE to vary a lot without much a noticeable pattern I can make out. I am getting higher speeds than you though - mine anywhere from 6Mbps to 50+ Mbps. It does not often drop below 10Mbps though.

To get an idea over a longer period I download a 'large Linux distribution' from Usenet with multiple threads. My router gives an accurate graph over time. I don't think the Usenet quite utilizes all the bandwidth 100% of the time but it is a good indication.

The most reliable way of zapping all my bandwidth was when my son was at home and downloaded Steam updates - that creates hundreds of connections and just saturates the WAN....thankfully he has left home now....

Here is a typical time slice, as you can see it is quite choppy and slow at the moment:

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If I was to run the same over my FWA WAN it would be quite smooth. The graph scale is MBps, not Mbps.
 

purplebogmonste

Regular Member
Also, how many bars signal strength does the router report? It does sound like you are struggling with a marginal signal maybe?
 

Verita

Casual Member
Seems common on congested masts. One option is to switch the router into 3G mode and test. This can give up to 20 Mb/s down in some areas.

There's a 'statistics' or similar page in the router. If you post the signal stats here it will help.
 

Captain_Cretin

ULTIMATE Member
Do you use ZoneAlarm firewall??

I discovered years ago, that it can completely screw up coms driver installs if it is active during the install.
I had a mobo replaced 3 times before figuring this out.

As in the description, the corrupted driver would report GB download speeds (on a 300 Mb wifi device), but sub 1Mb speeds were the best I could achieve.
 

neagle85

Casual Member
I think your find you are switching between masts with a marginal signal, upload can be higher in some situations.

I'd check to see if it's switching, should display the mast ID on the router page somewhere.
 
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