I live on the Hamilton Mountain, and I just subscribed to Rogers from Bell. My Rogers speeds on Gigabit have never been more than 45-50mbs. Mostly, it's 10-24mbs. Rogers speed tests usually show 900mbs-1gbs, but speedof.me shows 300mbs. MY wifi shows no more than 37mbs-72mbs.
I got to the point of having a tech come out, and he did a bunch of speed tests and said there wasn't an issue. He said I will never get more than 50mbs with the 2.4ghz, and I would have to go on 5g. I tried that when he left, and same speeds... until it dropped. Now I'm going from no service, to 10-15mbs. Even Rogers speed test is showing 30mbs-57mbs now.
I'm at a loss... hoping for help here. Anyone else experiencing these issues in my area?
I will post this just in case... as I've seen it posted by others:
|Port ID||Frequency (MHz)||Modulation||Signal strength (dBmV)||Channel ID||Signal noise ratio (dB)|
|Receiver||FFT type||Subcarr 0 Frequency(MHz)||PLC locked||NCP locked||MDC1 locked||PLC power(dBmv)|
|Port ID||Frequency (MHz)||Modulation||Signal strength (dBmV)||Channel ID||Bandwidth|
|1||36996000||ATDMA - 64QAM||41.500||3||6400000|
|Channel Index||State||lin Digital Att||Digital Att||BW (sc's*fft)||Report Power||Report Power1_6||FFT Size|
@ToxikRick call tech support and ask the Customer Service Rep to run a signal check on your modem. Your modem data only shows one upstream channel running. That can be seen in the Upstream Overview section. I'm assuming that you copied that entire table from top to bottom in one copy and paste session, in which case there should be three upstream channels running instead of just one. That single channel upstream operation would explain the slow data rates. Check the Upstream Overview prior to calling and assuming that you still have one upstream channel running, also advise the Customer Service Rep that there is only one upstream channel in operation.
That signal check should fail automatically, followed by a conversation with the CSR to arrange for a tech visit at your convenience. If the previous tech saw the single channel in operation and didn't do anything about it, I'd be surprised and rather disappointed, to put it politely. The upstream signal power isn't very high which is rather odd. Typically these single channel occurrences are accompanied with external cable problems, which result in low downstream signal levels, high upstream power outputs and upstream channel shutdowns to keep the modem running in a single channel mode, allowing it to communicate with the Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS). So, your downstream and upstream power levels don't reflect any problems with the external cable or connectors, but, the single channel mode points in that direction. Its a rather odd case.
Didn't Rogers buy out Shaw in your area? Don't remember the details on that one. That might mean that there are technical issues which are still to be resolved. That might be part of the explanation for single channel ops, but, I doubt it. This might be just a run of the mill cable/connector problem.
Note that a modem reboot will temporarily resolve issues such as this, but it won't resolve the underlying problem. That requires the services of a tech. A reboot will temporarily return the data rates to a normal range, but, within a short period of time, you'll be back to slow data rates when the cable signal levels degrade once again.
As for the wifi rates, have a look at the following post, specifically the wifi settings and applications to check out whom you're competing with for usable wifi channels. It might just be that low data rates on a 2.4 Ghz wifi network are the norm for your location, given all of the other modems and router running nearby. If that's the case, its time to look to moving to the 5 Ghz band.
So I had a second tech come out. Apparently, in this area (used to be Source), I will only get one upstream... for now. They also said that because I am getting 900mbs-1gb on the rogers and fast.com speed tests (sometimes 600mbs), I am getting the service. I showed him my attempt to download something and only getting 40mbs (it hit 80mbs for a few seconds) on a wired connection.
This tech was pretty honest about the struggle from Source to Rogers, and I appreciated that a lot. I'm not thrilled about my speeds, but I figure I'll give them the year on my promotional price, and if it isn't better by then; back to Bell or someone else. Thank you for the help!
@ToxikRick did the tech give you any estimate on when or even if dual or triple channel upstream would be available?
Is Bell fibre available at your location? If so, that's worth considering.
Regarding the wifi data rates, thats a combination of a number of factors which include:
1. The number of wifi antenna on the mobile devices and what data rates the wifi adapters will run. That information isn't clearly stated by the device manufacturers and as a result, you have to do some digging to find the specs that state the number of antenna in use and the supported data rates of the wifi adapter:
2. The wifi settings on the modem or router; and
3. The local competition from your neighbours.
At the end of the day, given the mobile devices that you have on hand, the best that you can do is to optimize the wifi settings as indicated in the post that I mentioned and take a careful look at the number of wifi devices that are running nearby. Even with the knowledge of the other nearby networks, if you're in a crowded wifi environment like I am you end up deciding to live with the results that you get over a 2.4 Ghz network, or, you abandon ship and move everything that you can up into a 5 Ghz network. Thats basically what I've done. Anything that really counts is running on ethernet or a 5 Ghz network, leaving behind any 2.4 Ghz devices that can't move as the manufacturer was too cheap to build in 5 Ghz wifi capability. Too bad, as I'd really prefer to shut down the 2.4 Ghz network once and for all.