Is it possible for my ISP to throttle only wireless connections but NOT wired (ethernet) connections?
Seems impossible to me, but I think it is actually occurring. Here is my scenario:
I have a D-Link router connected directly to my ISP's adapter. When I use an ethernet connection, I get my max rated speeds of 8Mbps/1.5Mbps. My D-Link router is also a wireless AP. When I connect via WiFi to the D-link router, I get 2.5 to 3Mbps down and .7Mbps up.
So, it seems my wireless router is not very good or experiencing interference, right? So, I try a brand new Almond router. I connect it directly to my existing router via Ethernet(I have to do this because my ISP filters MAC addresses). I connect it to my laptop via Ethernet. I get 8/1.5. I then disconnect my laptop and connect with WiFi to the new router. I get 2.5/.7 . So, I have 2 lousy wireless routers or interference, right?
I shutdown EVERY wireless device in my house(iPads, iMacs, iPhones, cell phones, etc). I clone my D-Link's MAC address into the Almond router. I connect it directly to the ISP's adapter. I connect my laptop via ethernet and get 8/1.5 . I disconnect ethernet and turn on WiFi for my laptop. I connect to the Almond router and get 2.5/.7. I have ZERO other WiFi networks interfering with mine. The closest house is > 600 feet away.
Still, what could it be beside thick walls or some other interference.
So, I turn on every WiFi device again. Then, I get my Verizon JetPack mobile hotspot. I turn it on. Then, I use the Almond router in "Range Extender" mode connected to the Verizon JetPack. I use WiFi on my laptop to connect to the Almond Router. I get 18Mbps/8.3Mbps or roughly close to that on every WiFi device in the house connecting to the extended WiFi network via the Almond router.
This proves to me that the Almond is capable of significantly greater speeds than I get via my ISP. It proves that WiFi / environmental interference is not a problem.
Quite simply, it points to my ISP somehow throttling connections that use WiFi. I don't understand how that is possible as they should only see the MAC address of the first router connected to them. Correct?
Does anyone have some idea if this is possible and how to avoid it?
FYI : Another post suggested using inSSIDer. I've installed it and see no WiFi networks other than my own. Again, it doesn't really matter if there were others. Since the Almond router is experiencing the same interference whether it's acting as an extender for the JetPack or acting as the AP for the ISP's service.