Friday (12/4/15) 2:06pm - ... wherein Peter has WiFi troubles
About a month or two, my iMac -- the main computer I'd used for work -- died. I replaced it with a MacBook in a dock, which means I can just plug the laptop into the dock and it automatically hooks up to study's dual-monitor setup and all its handy peripherals.
All that is great. The only problem is, I can't teleconference in from my study. The bandwidth is just too slow.
So I did some testing, running http://www.speedtest.net on my MacBook to try to characterize the problem. I tried using an ethernet cable and a dongle to connect directly to my cable modem. Then I tried the MacBook's built-in WiFi while I was in my study. I tried using a WiFi extender, in case it was a range problem. I tried using a WiFi antenna, in case it was a problem with the MacBook's WiFi connection. I tried using the MacBook in different rooms. Here are some of the download speeds I got (all speeds in Mbps):
Wired directly: 59
Normal WiFi: 9
WiFi via Antenna: 2 (!)
WiFi via Extender: 8
WiFi from living room (where the router is): 20
WiFi from bedroom: 20
This is interesting, not least because my service is supposed to max out at 50 (< 59), and the WiFi router I'm using is supposed to max out at 600 (> 20).
One possibility is that I just get rid of my router and pay Time Warner an extra $5/month to turn on WiFi on my cable modem. Two problems with that: (1) it may not fix the problem, and (2) I hate giving money to TWC unless I absolutely have to.