What's the cable that is connected from hub to switch, if that is also lit up gigabit then that should not be a bottleneck either
At this point I am thinking just order a new cable from Amazon and temporarily run it round the house to just test the connection between the two devices. If it fixes the problem then you know its the cable and you can route the new one neatly or if its not then its only a few quid to return it to Amazon and you know its not the cable.How short of a distance would you consider short because this is a really long cable, I'm not sure exactly how long meters wise but it's definitely not what I would consider a short distance.
How would I go about checking the wiring? Is it something that can be rewired easily?
I plugged this cable directly into the access point I'm using and it tops out at around 95 meg. If I plug the AP it directly into the home hub it tops out at around 140meg.
Are you moving the actual AP into a different room to test though with a short lead though as that could well explain a 95 to 140 meg difference particularly if there is some channel interference.
Just moving an AP will actually potentially make a difference. You need to do a hardwired test.
Would 2 switches cause any issues do you think?
I get why the AP is in the annex but I am not certain if you got was I was trying to say.
In short, the fact you have moved (albeit temporarily) the AP from the annex to the room with the home hub is enough to rule it out as a sound test of speed. (am assuming you physically moved into the other room).
WiFi is still generally only one thing can talk at a time so even if you are sat next to the router with your phone in both places, other devices\and or your neighbours can cause issues. You might want to do a channel scan in your annex to ensure you are not getting interference from your neighbours etc. It could also be connecting differently to 2.4 vs 5GHz which will account for a difference.
Wired ethernet is normally very consistent and as @mickevh 's helpful posts normally point does not vary in speed. It connects at a given speed, assuming the cable is not faulty which there is no reason to suspect that the Sky one is. Only one time in the years I have been on this forum have we had a cable issue that was unexplained after a swap. All the other ones have either been wired incorrectly or have some other physical issue.
Do you have a computer\laptop you can plug into the switch into the annex to test the hardwired connection?
No, lots of networks have multiple switches. Normally, so long as only one cable connects them and there are no loops you are fine.
Does Windows also say you are connected at a gigabit?
Yes adding another switch won't hurt but you still have to go through the Home Hub on the way to the Internet at some point
Could it be the homehub?
To be fair the cable was installed to link a sky q and mini together because I was having dropouts it wasn't installed to network so to speak I sort of commandeered it for that purpose.
My old setup was the AC1200 and an RE305 extender and it carried a 5 meg signal perfectly via wifi to the annex and that was all we got in the house too!!
No, it was exactly for that purpose. Sky Q can use ethernet cabling instead of WiFi in case of connectivity issues. It has to support ethernet standards because it is ethernet, mine are all wired and go through various switches to get to each other.
It's dead easy to carry a 5 megabit signal practically and not lose bandwidth. That's because your actual WiFi will operate normally higher than. As soon as you start getting quicker Internet connection particularly with the fastest FTTP and Virgin Media 500Mb + services you run into bottlenecks in your internal network usually powerlines/WiFi and finally Ethernet in that order normally.
You can have what is known as port flapping whereby a switch will jump from 100 to 1000Mb and back again resulting in a reduction in speed. This can be a bad cable but is usually a termination issue and 90 times out of a hundred it will be a bad termination. 100Meg only needs 2 pairs and it can be any 2 pairs in a modern switch, 1000Meg needs all 4 pairs correctly wired.
Before you go any further, do see if you can get a clear photo of either end of your long cable so we can see how it looks to be wired - if it really does only used four individual wires then you can plan to replace it with a fully wired 8-core version. But I have to say, in my 20+ years deploying ethernet cabling I’ve never come across anyone using 4 core Cat5, I’ve only ever seen Cat5e. I don’t even remember Cat5 being available from the suppliers, so the chances that a recent(ish) cable installation by Sky used a cable that was hardly common two decades ago seems slim, but then again we are talking about Sky!!I meant the cable wasn't installed with fast broadband in mind, sky got the engineer to come and install it to link the boxes together. This was done a while ago way before we were offered any sort of fast broadband.
If it's not something I can solve without replacing the cable then I'm more than happy with things as they are, we get full speed in the house which is the main thing. In the future I might look at replacing the cable but for now I am more than happy.
Doesn’t really matter, the ones I have seen sky install are capable of running gigabitI meant the cable wasn't installed with fast broadband in mind, sky got the engineer to come and install it to link the boxes together. This was done a while ago way before we were offered any sort of fast broadband.