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Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?

Jiefoo
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Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?

I have a high speed fibre optic connection in Japan with a max speed of 1Gbps. On either the 2GHz or 5GHz band, with or without connecting via NordVPN, my D/L speed tests return anywhere from 15Mbps to 50Mbps and my U/L speeds are usually around 100Mbps. My PC is very new and when connected at work I get 140Mbps D/L.

 

Is my old WNDR 4500 probably the cause of my substandard speed at home? I'm probably going to get a new router soon anyway, but in the meantime is there anything I can do to speed things up?

 

Thanks for your help,

J

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plemans
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Re: Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?

Factory reset the router and during the install, make sure to leave any additional settings such as qos, access control, traffic monitoring, parental controls, etc all disabled. 

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Jiefoo
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Re: Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?

OK I'll try that. Thanks a lot!

J

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Jiefoo
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Re: Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?

OK so after the factory reset, the 2GHz band is around 30-40mbps and the 5GHz band is getting just of 100mbps. Are these the kinds of speeds I should expect from this router? Given that I have a 1Gps connection would a newer, faster router likely result in faster speeds? Thanks again.

 

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Jiefoo
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Re: Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?

Also, should WMM be enabled? Thanks!

 

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Jiefoo
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Re: Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?

Sorry!! One more question. My android tv is connect to the router with a new CAT6a cable. Speeds are up to 88Mbps. Shouldn't a wired connection be faster than the 5GHz wifi connection to my PC? Thanks.

 

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Re: Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?


@Jiefoo wrote:

Sorry!! One more question. My android tv is connect to the router with a new CAT6a cable. Speeds are up to 88Mbps.

 


Most TVs I have encountered have a LAN port that has a top speed of 100 Mbps. This is plenty fast enough for the traffic that TVs have to handle.

 

The WNDR4500 range dates from 2013. It has Gigabit Ethernet, mush faster than your TV, but the N900 wifi is several generations behind the curve. A lot has changed in the past decade.

 

Whether or not it is fast enough for your needs is up to you. Do you find things are running horribly slow on wifi?

 

 

 

 

 

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Jiefoo
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Re: Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?

Yeah I guess I don't need to be OCD about getting the fastest possible connection if whatever I'm at suits my usage. Before I did the factory reset, I was getting a lot of buffering on the TV. I'll keep an eye on it from now. I should have done a speed test on the TV before I reset the router to compare but now it says it's fast enough for everything including 8K which I don't even have, so I should be OK.

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Re: Is my old WNDR 4500 slowing me down?

You would not be alone in getting fixated on speed tests.

 

Then again, if you are just looking for en excuse to buy a new router ....

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