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April 22, 2013 9:38:38 AM

Hello everybody. I decided that i am going to moving my computer from my room, top floor of house and not for from the router, to the basement, which is far and obviously under ground. Right now, my internet speed on speedtest.net is ping:26ms, download:2.30Mbps and upload:0.67. This is odd because i'm sure that I could be getting more but that is a different story. Ill be moving my computer because of the heat during the summer. I live in France so we don't have air conditioning and i have an overclocked CPU. When i was thinking about changing the location, one thing came to mind: Internet speed, will it be affected? I did a test with my laptop (not my main comp), I went downstairs and plugged my Ethernet cable into the "power line communication box" and my ping went from 26ms to 33ms, download was 2.06Mbps and upload I think stayed the same. Now i'm not sure if the speeds degraded because of my laptop which isn't as good as my desktop, or if its because i was in the basement. This is a wired connection by the way, and i am using a "Power line communication" which is a box and i plug my Ethernet cable into it to get internet (i think this might be the cause of my internet being slow). So I was wondering if there is a solution to increase my internet speed in my basement or even if its normal that my speeds aren't that high. P.S: My entire house uses Power line communication for internet since it doesn't have those regular wall outlets for internet Thanks in advance!
April 22, 2013 9:43:56 AM

If it's wired. You won't have issues. It will be close to the same.. may vary slightly..

I only see you running into issues if it's a wireless connection.

*edit* To be more specific to your question. I bevel the differences your seeing would have to do with either A) your laptop, Or B) How busy the traffic in your neighborhood area is at that time.

The distance from upstairs to down stairs shouldn't play a significant role in the speed of your internet access by any means, unless of course it is a wireless connection which you stated it's not.
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April 22, 2013 10:46:39 AM

unoriginal1 said:
If it's wired. You won't have issues. It will be close to the same.. may vary slightly..

I only see you running into issues if it's a wireless connection.

*edit* To be more specific to your question. I bevel the differences your seeing would have to do with either A) your laptop, Or B) How busy the traffic in your neighborhood area is at that time.

The distance from upstairs to down stairs shouldn't play a significant role in the speed of your internet access by any means, unless of course it is a wireless connection which you stated it's not.


Ok thanks, also like i said since i live in France i have something called a "CPL" which on wikipedia in English is like said above a power line communication box. Does this effect my internet download speed at all? Because we only have it because we don't have the outlets in the walls for Ethernet but a technician is coming tommarow anyways so would it be a good idea to put something on the wall. Also is it possible to buy something to improve internet speeds?
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April 22, 2013 12:48:07 PM

Those boxes generally are faster than most people internet. To test you need to plug directly into your router and see how it compares. In general the units works well or they completely fail. They are very susceptible to interference of electrical things with motors. Vacuum cleaners tend to kill them but even simple things like fans or the refrigerator can kill them.

If you can get a ethernet cable run even if it is on the outside of the house it will be the best option you can get. But if your current system is as fast as your internet then it will make no difference.
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April 22, 2013 2:37:13 PM

bill001g said:
Those boxes generally are faster than most people internet. To test you need to plug directly into your router and see how it compares. In general the units works well or they completely fail. They are very susceptible to interference of electrical things with motors. Vacuum cleaners tend to kill them but even simple things like fans or the refrigerator can kill them.

If you can get a ethernet cable run even if it is on the outside of the house it will be the best option you can get. But if your current system is as fast as your internet then it will make no difference.


So i plugged my laptop directllyy to my router an got the exact same numbers, i then tried with different ethernet cables and got the same thing. This is strange, but i remember a while back, i noticed that the router, printer, phone and lamps were all plugged into the same area. I thought this was a bad idea for internet since were using PLCB so i did some ''rearranging'' and put the printer and phone together and router and power line box together but seperate from everything else. When i did a speed test i noticed a 2Mbps increase. But recentely someone in my house changed the setup and its even worse. So im sure that a factor in my internet is the interfearence of the printer and phones.

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