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Best Broadband Connection Speeds


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Which of the following options would give the best connection speed?

My desktop computer and my wife's laptop are both about 6 or 7 meters away from the main BT phone point, with no walls etc in between, the phone point has the bog standard SKY modem/router plugged into it which both computers are wirelessly connected to.

Would there be any improvement in connection speed if :

  1. I fitted a long phone cable from the main BT point to put the modem/router next to the computers and connected them by ethernet cable.

  2. I left the modem/router next to the phone point on a short phone line and fitted a long ethernet cable to each computer.

  3. I binned the SKY modem/router and bought something better to sit next to the main phone point and connected the two computers to it wirelessly.

  4. Something very exotic that I haven't thought of?

Your thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated, though don't get overly technical as my skill levels and technological language levels are probably described as medium! Cheers.

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Have you experimented with this? Wireless can be subjected to all sorts of interference causing a reduction in speed.

I have experimented with my own set-up and have found that having the router plugged into the BT socket with a metre-length cable and our desktop PC's connected to that with ethernet cables gives higher speeds than running them wirelessly. Have also tried this with laptops. I do also have 3 laptops that operate wirelessly and they function well but not at the same speed as the two desktops.

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Option 2 is certainly better than Option 1. Running your modem from the Master Socket is always recommended for the highest speeds. I would also always recommend using an Ethernet cable over wireless as it is far more reliable.

As for Option 3, Sky do not allow the use of 3rd party modems/routers unfortunately. There are ways to hack your current modem to get your login details, but the results can't be guaranteed.

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I have a similar situation, I used homeplugs which saved using long ethernet cables. I used these http://is.gd/uPOX35 as it allows for three PCs to be connected . Other options are possible

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I think option 2 is better.

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