Boost ethernet speed MacBook Pro 8,1

Mac03ForLife

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This may seem like a stupid question, but is there any way to boost the speed of my ethernet port (my router is 1gb/s), but using GeForce NOW and streaming to twitch at the same time causes for significant packet loss in the game. Is there any way I can fix it? (Hardware, software, etc)?
 

davegoody

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You could use a USB3 or Thunderbolt Ethernet Adapter. I have a Retina MBP mid 2015, just before it moved to the new ones with the Touchbar, and of course it has no built-in Ethernet. At home it's in a Henge Dock, and had the Apple USB Ethernet adapter plugged-in. However that's only USB2 and 10/100 Ethernet. Swapped it for an Anker 10/100/1000 USB3 Ethernet adapter and it's faultless, far faster of course, no dropped-packets etc.
 

Howard2k

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Are there any details you can provide? Any at all? :D

Which devices are you referring to? What size are the data streams? What are the current connection settings you're seeing? Where are you seeing the errors?
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You could use a USB3 or Thunderbolt Ethernet Adapter. I have a Retina MBP mid 2015, just before it moved to the new ones with the Touchbar, and of course it has no built-in Ethernet. At home it's in a Henge Dock, and had the Apple USB Ethernet adapter plugged-in. However that's only USB2 and 10/100 Ethernet. Swapped it for an Anker 10/100/1000 USB3 Ethernet adapter and it's faultless, far faster of course, no dropped-packets etc.
The 2011 MBPro has Gigabit Ethernet already.
It might be a misconfiguration issue or even just a cable issue.
 

simonsi

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Your streaming out to Twitch is likely maxing your internet connection rather than the ethernet port on your Mac, maxing your upstream will cause packet loss/delay on the downstream connection (the game), thats a function of how TCPIP works. What type is your internet connection?
 
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Mac03ForLife

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Sep 19, 2017
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Washington, DC
Your streaming out to Twitch is likely maxing your internet connection rather than the ethernet port on your Mac, maxing your upstream will cause packet loss/delay on the downstream connection (the game), thats a function of how TCPIP works. What type is your internet connection?
How would I check this?
 

leman

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What is your internet plan? If you are streaming, you want to have sufficiently high upload bandwidth. I agree with the above posters that your local setup is less likely to be at fault here.
 

Howard2k

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I have some FiOS thing.. the gigabit one

So that's the very first thing you need to figure out. Exactly what performance you're supposed to be getting from your provider. Best thing is to call them and ask.

Then with nothing else running, do a speed test (google: speedtest) and see how those compare.
 
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