Are my download speeds limited by throughput?


Beginner question here. I have a SOHO MK 3 and a 1Gbps plan with my ISP, but I’m been getting an average of 122Mbps downloads with my LAN connection.

I’m not sure where the bottleneck is exactly, but I see that the SOHO is rated with a router throughput of 120Mbps – does that mean that no matter my ISP plan, I’m limited to that as my highest speed?

Yes it does. Your router clients internet speed will be limited to the throughput of the router.

Oh no :frowning: that means I won’t be able to get the most out of my 1Gbps plan with the SOHO, yes?

There is one thing I don’t understand though. The SOHO is an 802.11ac which should be capable of much higher speeds than that. Why throttle it down to 120Mbps?

There is a difference between WAN and LAN throughput. The SOHO is rated for 120Mbps of WAN throughput but locally it can take full advantage of its AC radio for things like file sharing and streaming between local devices.