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Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

UFOned
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Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

I am selling my home and internet is important these days. So I have been checking my speeds on different sites and on Win10. The Win10 speed on 3 site checks were giving me download 3.8mbps and upload .7 to .8. I live in the countryside and that is not too bad here. However, I tested this on three same sites on Linux Fedora 24 and I was just astonished at the lower figures it came up with. I would never have thought an OS would effect the speeds? Could someone explain why please?

And is there any unit I can buy to increase or boost the speeds?

Thanks for reading friends

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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

There should be no difference. How were they connected both via ethernet or one via wifi?
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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

Time of day can be significant, if your exchange is a bit overloaded.

UFOned
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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

I always use Ethernet cable.  And I also have wireless as well.  But that is always turned off.  There are reasons I have both  But 99% cable.  I had just switched from Win10 to Fedora.

UFOned
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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

Switched within  minutes and its mostly stable at 3.8

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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

Check that your phone line has no interference (noise) on it.

The only unit which will give a much better speed is the day you get access to a fibre connection.

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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

MTU?

jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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UFOned
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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

  This is a small hamlet which I doubt will ever get faster broadband for quite a while.

UFOned
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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

MTU?

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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/MTU2.htm

jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

You don't need to worry about MTU's - provided the router MTU is set correctly.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Path_MTU_Discovery

Linux handles RWIN's dynamically.

UFOned
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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

That link goes a little over my head.  But I will digest and assess what I can understand.  Thanks.

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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

If it was/is the same hardware, was Fedora downloading updates at the time? Only thing I can think off not already mentioned.
UFOned
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Re: Confused why a OS would make a difference to Broadband speed

I hadn't ticked the box to allow it.  But thanks for the thought I will check out and see. Thanks for your suggestion