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GunerX
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Internet speed slower than Windows

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I googled around a bit and found this was often an issue with WIRELESS, but I am not using Wireless. I am using LAN, so my speeds should be nice and fast, but they are not.

Currently installed Linux Mint to an old laptop I just got. Before it had windows 7 and speedtest.net showed it having around 800mb down and 700mb up on my wired connection. But with Linux Mint I am only getting 200mb down and 300mb up (the up is higher for some reason?). What could be the cause and how do I fix it?

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System:    Host: kjw-G73Jh Kernel: 5.3.0-51-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.5.0 
           Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8 wm: muffin dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia 
           base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: G73Jh v: 1.0 serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: G73Jh v: 1.0 serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends 
           v: G73Jh.213 date: 01/27/2011 
Battery:   Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech M305 serial: <filter> charge: 55% 
           status: Discharging 
CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7 Q 720 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Nehalem 
           rev: 5 L2 cache: 6144 KiB 
           flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 25535 
           Speed: 1729 MHz min/max: 933/1600 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1903 2: 1943 3: 1930 
           4: 1833 5: 1729 6: 1704 7: 1718 8: 1757 
Graphics:  Device-1: AMD Broadway XT [Mobility Radeon HD 5870] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: radeon 
           v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 1002:68a0 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: ati,radeon unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa 
           resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: AMD JUNIPER (DRM 2.50.0 / 5.3.0-51-generic LLVM 9.0.0) 
           v: 3.3 Mesa 19.2.8 compat-v: 3.1 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio 
           vendor: ASUSTeK G73-series gaming laptop driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
           bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:3b56 
           Device-2: AMD Juniper HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5700 Series] vendor: ASUSTeK 
           driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 chip ID: 1002:aa58 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.3.0-51-generic 
Network:   Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter 
           vendor: AzureWave AW-NE785 / AW-NE785H 802.11bgn driver: ath9k v: kernel port: d000 
           bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 168c:002b 
           IF: wls1 state: down mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8131 Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK driver: atl1c 
           v: 1.0.1.1-NAPI port: a000 bus ID: 04:00.0 chip ID: 1969:1063 
           IF: ens5 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 596.18 GiB used: 18.95 GiB (3.2%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST9320423AS size: 298.09 GiB speed: 3.0 Gb/s 
           serial: <filter> 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST9320423AS size: 298.09 GiB speed: 3.0 Gb/s 
           serial: <filter> 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 291.92 GiB used: 18.94 GiB (6.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb2 
USB:       Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Hub: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0 
           chip ID: 8087:0020 
           Device-1: 1-1.2:3 info: Chicony type: Video driver: uvcvideo rev: 2.0 
           chip ID: 04f2:b106 
           Device-2: 1-1.5:4 info: ASUSTek BT-270 Bluetooth Adapter type: Bluetooth driver: btusb 
           rev: 2.0 chip ID: 0b05:1788 
           Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Hub: 2-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0 
           chip ID: 8087:0020 
           Device-3: 2-1.4:3 info: Logitech Unifying Receiver type: Mouse,HID 
           driver: logitech-djreceiver,usbhid rev: 2.0 chip ID: 046d:c52f 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 58.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: radeon temp: 56 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Repos:     No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list 
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list 
           1: deb http: //packages.linuxmint.com tricia main upstream import backport #id:linuxmint_main
           2: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main restricted universe multiverse
           3: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse
           4: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           5: deb http: //security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse
           6: deb http: //archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ bionic partner
Info:      Processes: 251 Uptime: 1h 32m Memory: 5.74 GiB used: 1.03 GiB (18.0%) Init: systemd 
           v: 237 runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.5.0 alt: 7 Client: Unknown python3.6 client 
           inxi: 3.0.32 
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I just tried disabling Ethernet and switched over to Wifi. Wifi speeds are around 18-20 mb down and upload actually just gave an Error.
Last edited by GunerX on Tue May 19, 2020 12:20 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: LAN speed slower than Windows

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hey first you can chance to the lts kernal 4.15 the 5.3 your using is for computer from like 2018-2019 your is from 01/27/2011. second how much internet speed are you paying for? have you tried reboot the router.
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Re: LAN speed slower than Windows

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hey first you can chance to the lts kernal 4.15 the 5.3 your using is for computer from like 2018-2019 your is from 01/27/2011.
what?

My speed is 1000 MB Down/Up

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Re: Internet speed slower than Windows

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WoW usually is the other way arround, cuz windows use telemetry, cortana and send personal data on a schedule XD

Try to go to "driver manager" and see if there's a propietary driver for your ethernet card, and try with a newer kernerl version (in a menu on top bar on the update manager)
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Re: Internet speed slower than Windows

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Mpc46 wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 6:10 pm
WoW usually is the other way arround, cuz windows use telemetry, cortana and send personal data on a schedule XD

Try to go to "driver manager" and see if there's a propietary driver for your ethernet card, and try with a newer kernerl version (in a menu on top bar on the update manager)
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there are no proprietary drivers in use.

I am currently on kernal 5.3.0-53. which is showing to be the latest kernal available.

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Re: Internet speed slower than Windows

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Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: AzureWave AW-NE785 / AW-NE785H 802.11bgn driver: ath9k v: kernel port: d000
bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 168c:002b
IF: wls1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8131 Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK driver: atl1c
As you can see in this old thread, Mint (as well as Linux in general) seems to have had an issue with that particular networking chipset for quite some time. Since that particular chipset was designed & optimized for Windows XP, it's questionable whether a newer/more optimized driver was released?

I did find this old blog that explains how to download & compile a driver from the source, but even the latest link there is rather old. I haven't found a newer source or driver out there.

Any chance you could install an inexpensive Intel card in there? That would likely work great, and would be much better supported?

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Re: Internet speed slower than Windows

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ralplpcr wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 1:21 pm
Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: AzureWave AW-NE785 / AW-NE785H 802.11bgn driver: ath9k v: kernel port: d000
bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 168c:002b
IF: wls1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8131 Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK driver: atl1c
As you can see in this old thread, Mint (as well as Linux in general) seems to have had an issue with that particular networking chipset for quite some time. Since that particular chipset was designed & optimized for Windows XP, it's questionable whether a newer/more optimized driver was released?

I did find this old blog that explains how to download & compile a driver from the source, but even the latest link there is rather old. I haven't found a newer source or driver out there.

Any chance you could install an inexpensive Intel card in there? That would likely work great, and would be much better supported?
thank you for the info. its a laptop so i cannot install a new network card to it easily. i guess this means i cant really use this laptop with linux. very unfortunate. i was really enjoying learning linux.

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Re: Internet speed slower than Windows

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There are Mint/Ubuntu compatible wi-fi adapters available. https://www.amazon.com/customerpicks/Ex ... a6f25da519
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Re: Internet speed slower than Windows

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GunerX wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 3:28 pm
thank you for the info. its a laptop so i cannot install a new network card to it easily. i guess this means i cant really use this laptop with linux. very unfortunate. i was really enjoying learning linux.
Of course you can - - just because the internet is "only" giving you 200mbps over ethernet doesn't mean it's unusable? That's close to 22MB/s download, which is not exactly terrible. Granted, it's not the 1gbps speed you want.... but it's not all that bad. Better than a lot of people, anyhow?

I'll also 2nd deepakdeshp's suggestion. It's easy to get a USB wifi adapter that should give you a nice speed boost.

If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you could also get an internal Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 replacement, as shown in the link. They're available for as little as $9 on eBay right now. That'll give you up to 300mbps over wifi - - a pretty big boost over 20-30 of the Atheros wifi!

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Re: Internet speed slower than Windows

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ralplpcr wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:40 pm
GunerX wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 3:28 pm
thank you for the info. its a laptop so i cannot install a new network card to it easily. i guess this means i cant really use this laptop with linux. very unfortunate. i was really enjoying learning linux.
Of course you can - - just because the internet is "only" giving you 200mbps over ethernet doesn't mean it's unusable? That's close to 22MB/s download, which is not exactly terrible. Granted, it's not the 1gbps speed you want.... but it's not all that bad. Better than a lot of people, anyhow?

I'll also 2nd deepakdeshp's suggestion. It's easy to get a USB wifi adapter that should give you a nice speed boost.

If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you could also get an internal Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 replacement, as shown in the link. They're available for as little as $9 on eBay right now. That'll give you up to 300mbps over wifi - - a pretty big boost over 20-30 of the Atheros wifi!
well I didnt really want to spend any $ on this little linux project. I might try to use an old USB wifi card, but its kind of pointless for a laptop (ment to be taken on the road and stuff) to not have workable wifi.

yah 28MB DOWN is fine. but remember. its getting literally ZERO up (according to speedtest.net anyway). which just wont work.

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