Can I improve Broadband Speed?

Dabber Avatar
Dabber 21 271 England
5 May 2020 8:29PM
Good Evening,
I have a problem with my wife's Dell All-in-One PC.

It has just been upgraded to Windows 10 but she's complaining that the Internet is slow.
I am on Sky broadband, and my PC is connected by wire to the router and has a speed test result of 8.5
The Dell uses a USB Dongle and is about 15 feet away with 2 walls in between, recorded speed is 2.13.

Is there a usb wireless option that will improve this? I really don't want to run a cable from the router if at all possible?
Any help would be appreciated.
mattw Avatar
mattw 19 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
5 May 2020 9:01PM
I don't know if this helps - My computer is two floors up from our Wireless hub. Reception was a bit iffy, so I got a wireless repeater, which has helped a great deal.
Fma7 Avatar
Fma7 8 1.1k United Kingdom
5 May 2020 10:20PM
Is the speed better when she is plugged in, or closer to the router
Tianshi_angie Avatar
5 May 2020 10:47PM
Home Plug Adapters may be the answer - 2 plugs - one is connected by a plug into a socket and then into your router (it will not slow down your reception). The other plug into a socket near your wife's computer and then connected to her laptop. I have not tried this with another computer but I use it to allow my television to receive the internet - iPlayer etc. and it is certainly fast enough to stream programmes.
Jestertheclown Avatar
Jestertheclown 14 8.8k 255 England
5 May 2020 11:02PM

Quote:Reception was a bit iffy, so I got a wireless repeater,

My wireless is pretty good but a friend from down the road had issues and bought one of those.
He reckons it's made a real difference.
justin c Avatar
justin c 19 5.2k 36 England
6 May 2020 7:39AM
I recently purchased a Wi-fi extender as I wanted to extend my signal into the back garden.
Despite the signal having to travel through several walls and the router being a good distance from where I wanted to extend the signal to. It works very well indeed.
It wasn't an expensive one. It was about 20-25 if I remember correctly and bought from Argos. The make was Netgear I think.
Steve_S Avatar
Steve_S 17 183 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2020 9:12PM
When I upgraded to superfast broadband I noticed that my Dell laptop was very very slow compared to my desktop pc. Check that the all in one is not running Smartbyte. It is a default app on many Dell laptops. If it is there, uninstall it and your connection speed will vastly improve!


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