Would getting a faster WiFi router speed things up or is a faster DSL connection needed?

by on September 2, 2009

Q: I live in a hotel that has a WIFI system. My computer connects at 54.0 mbps. The download speed ranges between 4 kbps to 48 kbps, depending on how many people are online at any given time. The system is connected to the internet via a DSL line with a max download speed of 1 mbps. The owner thinks the best way to increase the speed is to upgrade the WIFI system. I think getting a faster DSL line would be better. Who is correct?

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2 Responses to “Would getting a faster WiFi router speed things up or is a faster DSL connection needed?”
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    It sounds like the DSL connection is your bottleneck. Moving to a faster DSL connection or looking into Cable or FIOS if available might be a good idea.

     
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    Remember that WiFi at 54 Mbps is multiple times faster than a 1.5 Mbps DSL connection. You can do some tests like transfer files locally over the wireless lan and running tests at dslreports is probably a goo idea. Do it once over the WiFi and once directly connected to the DSL modem if you can. There might be a problem with theDSL connection because those download speeds sound slow evne if you have a few users.