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Upgraded to the 1gbs service, but Linksys routers only give max 500mb

mynameis

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I signed up to CF 3 or so years ago and was on the 400mb package. They gave me to Linksys routers so I'd have wifi in every room. Those routers are models WHW03 I believe.

Once I upgraded to the 1gbs package, they only gave me one MX400 router, which is plugged into the main modem in the living room away from my PC, laptop etc. I've got the other WHW03 routers plugged into the PC and another one acting as an extender for my laptop upstairs, but they are as "nodes" and only output 400mbs max. They also want those returned.

I don't understand how I'm supposed to receive
A) WiFi signal in every room with 1 MX400, whereas previously they had given me 2 routers
B) How I'm meant to get 1gbs when most of my equipment is connecting to the secondary "nodes" that only output 400mbs.

Any help?
 
First let's bring you down to 920Mb which what actually CF guarantees and sells you not 1gb but for the sake of simplicity let's keep calling it 1Gb. You are paying for 1Gb wired internet not 1Gb via WiFi. If you want 1Gb speeds you need to wire your devices using cables and also make sure the devices themselves can handle 1Gb speeds. A lot of devices are 100Mb so won't even sync at 1Gb speeds. A lot of devices that claim to have 1Gb ports will fail to actually utilise ther full 1Gb speeds and most likely achieve 700-800Mb max. Crappy PCs, laptops, streaming devices and TVs all fall into that category. So in oder for you to test you first need to have a device you know that can saturate a 1 Gb port without suffering any bottlenecks. You can expect a maximum of 940/940 (see this test) due to the overhead of the different protocols running on top of the 1 Gb connection hence why CF promises you 920Mb.

Now to your WiFi issue. If saturating a 1 Gb port with wired devices needs quality devices then for WiFi you are going to have invest in a top of the range WiFi 6E or WiFi 7 system. Otherwise 400-600Mb it's an excellent result for a WiFi 6 mesh system. And before you start moving things around and start doing tests I suggest you read this thread where I outlined the many issues you are going to face trying to do scientific and repeatable WiFi tests.

So in summary if you want to achive full 1Gb speeds wire all your fixed devices with Cat 6 (use Cat 6 so you are ready for multi-gigabit internet in the future). For mobile devices 400Mb is more than adecuate. If you want more buy a WiFi 7 Mesh but while you are going to be able to boast to your friends super fast WiFi speeds close to 1Gb you are unlikely to notice any real life difference.
 
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