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    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 19th Oct 19, 9:26 AM
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    Too many devices?
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    • 19th Oct 19, 9:26 AM
    Too many devices? 19th Oct 19 at 9:26 AM
    Does the number of devices that you have using your broadband/mobile data affect their speed?
    If you have a TV downloading a film, will that use most of your broadband making some other devices slower?
    A friend is having issues with her BB and the engineer gave that excuse.
    It sounds logical, but not sure.

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    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 19th Oct 19, 9:32 AM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 9:32 AM
    The more devices using your internet connection the slower the download speed is on each device. You have a finite capacity on your connection. It is shared between all your devices using it.


    This is why when doing speed tests you need to make sure no other devices are using your connection so you can see the actual max speed you can get.
    • matelodave
    • By matelodave 19th Oct 19, 9:40 AM
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    Yes, the bandwidth has to be shared between all the devices that are in use.

    The more that you use, the slower each will be especially if one of them is streaming or downloading heaps of data like a film. If you need more bandwidth then you will need a faster connection if it's available and you are prepared to pay for it.

    Think of the broadband network like a road system, one car on the road can go as fast as the road/car allow it to, but as more traffic gets onto the system then they start having to avoid each other which slows them down.
    When traffic gets to junctions or roundabouts then it has to wait for others to join or leave and in extreme cases the whole system grinds to a halt because of congestion.

    Bear in mind as well that certain parts or the network are faster than others - the access to your house is also shared with everyone else who uses the same bit of road so if you all come out in the morning at eight then there'll be some congestion (it's the same with the broadband acees via your street cabinet/telephone exchange) so it's not just you who are using the network but hundreds of thousands of others as well.
    Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers
    • Croft12
    • By Croft12 19th Oct 19, 11:30 AM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 11:30 AM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 11:30 AM
    Does the number of devices that you have using your broadband/mobile data affect their speed?
    If you have a TV downloading a film, will that use most of your broadband making some other devices slower?
    A friend is having issues with her BB and the engineer gave that excuse.
    It sounds logical, but not sure.
    Originally posted by sevenhills

    Yes - although you may also lose a lot of speed just via wifi. So hardwire is better.
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