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AC1000 Router is not reaching speed

dgus26
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AC1000 Router is not reaching speed

I purchased the R6080 AC1000 router a few months back with the intentions on upgrading my Internet speed from 100 mbps to 300 mbps.  It says that it is rated for (300-700 mbps) which is well within the range.  Once I upgraded I bought a cat 7 ethernet cable to ensure that it could handle the new speeds.  I got the cable, plugged it in, and still around 100 mbps on my speed tests.  I plugged a computer directly into the wall ethernet jack, and found I was getting 300 mbps.  I contacted my isp and they said that it is probably the router and sent me this response-

 

"Yeah, so as you can see… all router manufactures try to fool you. All 5 of the ethernet ports on the AC1000 are only 100Mbps link capable which means you can only get up to 100Mbps."

 

Do I need to upgrade my router even though it states that I should be able to achieve those speeds?  I am not super technical with these kinds of things, but I figured I would be in the clear when it states that the router is capable of speeds way higher than what I am paying for. 

 

Any advice would help!

 

Thanks

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antinode
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> [...] R6080 [...]

 

   Ok.  A low-end model.

 

> [...] upgrading my Internet speed from 100 mbps to 300 mbps. [...]

 

   Ok.

 

> [...] It says that it is rated for (300-700 mbps) which is well within
> the range. [...]

 

_What_, exactly, says _what_, exactly?  I see an R6080 Data Sheet:

 

      http://netgear.com/images/datasheet/networking/wifirouter/R6080.pdf

 

which says:

 

      WiFi speeds up to 300+700Mbps [dagger]


Read the footnote.  That also tells you nothing about the wired speeds,
including the connection to your ISP's modem/terminal.

 

   That Data Sheet also mentions:

 

      Five (5) 10/100Mbps (1 WAN and 4 LAN)
      Fast Ethernet ports with auto-sensing
      technology

 

where "Fast" means faster than the speeds were in 1985.

 

> [...] I bought a cat 7 ethernet cable to ensure that it could handle
> the new speeds. [...]

 

   That cable was not your bottleneck.  Putting premium fuel into a
lawnmower does not sharpen its blade.

 

> Do I need to upgrade my router even though it states that I should be
> able to achieve those speeds? [...]


   It does _not_ state that you can get more than 100Mb/s through the
"Fast Ethernet" WAN/Internet port of an R6080.  That would be dishonest.

 

> [...] I am not super technical with these kinds of things, but I
> figured I would be in the clear when it states that the router is
> capable of speeds way higher than what I am paying for.

 

   Live and learn?  A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  The
fastest wireless stuff in the world can't suck bits through a "Fast
Ethernet" connection any faster than 100Mb/s.  In this case, equipment
with gigabit (1000Mb/s) Ethernet ports should offer some improvement.

 

> Any advice would help!

 

   Trust no one, I always say.

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@dgus26 wrote:

It says that it is rated for (300-700 mbps) which is well within the range. 

 

Do not confuse wifi specifications with Ethernet specifications.

 

The data sheet says "WiFi speeds up to 300+700Mbps".

 

That is about local wifi speeds between router and client. And it is marketing hype.

 



"Yeah, so as you can see… all router manufactures try to fool you. All 5 of the ethernet ports on the AC1000 are only 100Mbps link capable which means you can only get up to 100Mbps."

 


You bought an inexpensive router that has a wired LAN limited to 100 Mbps. It is now slower than your internet speed.

 



Do I need to upgrade my router even though it states that I should be able to achieve those speeds? 

 


Yes, if you want you wired Ethernet to be faster than 100 Mbps. There is nothing in the documentation that says that your router will deliver anything faster than that.

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