What PC hardware will get the best out of my connection?

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What PC hardware will get the best out of my connection?

Postby craig_pick » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:52 am

I currently have a Sony Vaio laptop with gigabit ethernet and 6Gb Ram. I use Windows 7 (64 bit) and normally get speedtest results form the http://www.speedtest.net/ (Bournemouth - Connexions4London) that are aroung 650Mbps down and 290 upload.

What hardware would be best to use on this connection as i have heard that some network cards in Acer laptops can cause slow speeds?

BTW: Antivirus made a massive impact on my speeds!! Try safe mode to see the difference.
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Re: What PC hardware will get the best out of my connection?

Postby alanhl » Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:42 pm

Hi Craig
I also found antivirus made a large negative impact as did google chrome. I had no luck with any of the antivirus people I contacted, as I now use windows 8 I rely on the inbuilt protection and have had no problems with either virus intrusion or impact on speeds. I used windows 7 ultimate until recently and found Microsoft security essentials was very good.
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Re: What PC hardware will get the best out of my connection?

Postby craig_pick » Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:13 pm

Thanks alanhl, that's great. :D
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Re: What PC hardware will get the best out of my connection?

Postby Dan ATR » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:29 pm

Firefox makes it slow..

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IE10 is allot quicker.

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Re: What PC hardware will get the best out of my connection?

Postby craig_pick » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:25 am

Cheers Dan,

Wow that is a big difference!! I still want to get a little closer to the Gig though and have wondered if using Ubuntu would make a difference.

Have you tried this?

Any help is very much appreciated.
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Re: What PC hardware will get the best out of my connection?

Postby Dan ATR » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:45 pm

Ill get my laptop plugged up next week to test this for you.

I cant believe that my network is slowing it down tbh as I have a Netgear Gig switch with 10/100/1000 outputs. All lines were tested and I even did a BERT test down them at a gig. I have a Prosafe access point too at gig as I dont like my routers/Modems running wireless too due to the heat/cooking aspect :lol: :twisted: Looking to get a cisco replacement for the TP-Link box.
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Re: What PC hardware will get the best out of my connection?

Postby alanhl » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:28 pm

I ran Ubuntu for a while on my desktop during the trial period and it was definitely faster on download and upload, but it bored me after a while as it was so complicated to install certain programs
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