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I've been downloading games from Steam on my new desktop. The download speed usually stays around 1.1mb/s. I tried downloading the same game on my laptop in the same location within the same time frame and the download speed stayed around 1.8mb/s. My sister gets 5mb/s on her laptop all the time. What changes

I've been downloading games from Steam on my new desktop. The download speed usually stays around 1.1mb/s. I tried downloading the same game on my laptop in the same location within the same time frame and the download speed stayed around 1.8mb/s. My sister gets 5mb/s on her laptop all the time. What changes this by device and how can I make my download speed faster on my desktop?

Best Answer:

Justin: There are many factors that come into play here.

It could also depend on the router and WiFi. For example, not all WiFi is the same. There are different channels and speeds. 2.5 Ghz channels are slower than the 5 Ghz channels. And also you have to consider the signal strength.

So if your router support wireless N (5 Ghz) and you only have 2.5 Ghz, then of course, your sister will get a faster download if she is using the 5Ghz. And even if you are both using the same channel, but she is closer or has less interference, stronger signal, then she will get a faster download speed.

There is a lot to guess about it. But without more details, this is the simplest answer for now. You could also try WiFi Analyzer on an Android or iPhone device to see the strength and possible interference. And some routers can have their priorities set for different devices, like my router does.

Other answer:

Justin:
Download speed can vary by device even when connected to the same internet source and that is because some devices have better hardware than others and some devices are better at connecting to WIFI than others.
MaX:
No, download / upload speed varies by the Internet subscription plan you've subscribed to from your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
chrisjbsc:
That would make sense, yes.

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