Recently I installed some extra smart plugs in my room which are very handy but are affecting my bandwidth. I thoguht this could be the case but I wasn't expecting such a huge hit so I am looking to see if anyone can recommend a better wifi solution to reduce the impact of the plugs.
I performed ookla speed tests (Melbourne-Telstra Server) on my laptop to illustrate the impact of the plugs in my room.
No IoT - 23.45mbps
Google Mini - 22.93mbps
Mini + 1 plug - 23.54mbps (strange)
Mini + 2 plugs - 20.92mbps
Mini + 3 plugs - 14.70mbps
Mini + 4 plugs - 11.62mbps
My current wifi soltuion is quite terrible. Our router is the stock Huawei HG659 that tpg installed and in order to get wifi to my room I am using power-line Ethernet adapters. With that being said our internet plan is 25/5 so without the smart plugs my speeds are perfectly fine, but with the plugs not so much. My initial thoughts are that my wireless power-line adapter can't handle so many connected devices at once because even if I limit the download speed on the plugs from the router the performance hit is still there. Perhaps there are too many wifi signals in the room? Perhaps the router is the limit, perhaps the power-line adapter, I think I need someone with more knowledge or a better experience to help me out on this one. The plugs aren't actually using any bandwidth for the speed tests, they're just connected. What do you guys think would be a good solution?
- Better power-line adapter with dual-band
- Better router
- Plug a dedicated wireless access point into power-line adapter Ethernet just for the plugs and mini
- Other ideas?!