Using Time Capsule as network but getting slow speeds

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Mufasa804, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Mufasa804 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    So my brother in law has comcast Internet and he let me join his network and boy was it lightning fast. I could download movies left and right and I would get stable Internet connectivity and speed. So I got comcast too. The problem that I'm having is that when I download stuff, it doesn't download at the fast speed like his. For example he's paying for the 12MBs plan and so am I. When he downloads something the speeds range from 6mbs to 15mbs. When I download something the speeds I get are about 1.5-5mbps.

    Why is that? Is there a setting I should change on my time capsule to make it spit out the Internet faster? Also when my laptop is on my PC which is hard wired to the time capsule and my iMac which is wireless get slow Internet as well. Anything you guys recommend?
  2. krx macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2009
    There are multiple possible reasons for the slower speed your getting but the statement above would suggest your laptop is gumming up the works with a slower 802.11 (a or b or g) networking standard than the other devices on your network.

    From what I understand the network cannot exceed the max speed of the slowest device on the network.
  3. Mufasa804 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    My iMac and Macbook Pro both have wireless N wireless cards inside and my desktop PC is hard wired. Anything you would suggest?
  4. LazersGoPEWPEW macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    Pensacola, FL
    Wouldn't the new dual band solve that issue???
  5. jw2002 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2008
    If you are concerned that it's the time capsule, then just hook your computer straight to the cable modem and see if your transfer speeds are any faster. However, I feel that if you have configured your time capsule wireless and network settings correctly, then it should not be the bottleneck. A time capsule in 5 GHZ 802.11n is going to give you 25-100 Mbps.
  6. Mufasa804 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    Hey thanks for that recommendation. I'll try that.

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