After talking to someone about trouble they were having with Netflix using up all of their bandwidth, or even failing to stream in HD, I thought I’d share my personal unexpected success story with getting the most bandwidth possible out of a cable modem. If you own a cable modem and have pretty old equipment, this is for you:
I was having trouble with my bandwidth dropping at random times – 15 mbps advertised, got less than 1 at the worst times. Here’s a screenshot from when it was going about 2 mbps out of the 15 we were supposed to be getting – with only 1 computer on, nothing downloading – I wasn’t happy.
With a new modem and wi-fi router, not only did we see improved connection speed/consistency, but they had seemingly pumped us up from 15 to 20 or more mbps without telling/charging us to help offset some of the problems we were having. Here’s a current test, going 24mbps while paying for 15!