What Sort of Speeds Can I Get on USNH Wifi?


This article provides information about what speeds you can expect on the USNH Wireless Network.





What Sort of Speeds Can I Get on USNH Wifi? - There is no one size fits all answer. The device's wireless card, the radio environment, and how many users on the access point (AP) all can affect the speeds. Here are the Theoretical vs. Actual speeds in ideal conditions by wireless versions:

  Theoretical Actual
802.11a 54 Mbps 20 Mbps
802.11g 54 Mbps 20 Mbps
802.11n 600 Mbps 100 Mbps
802.11ac 1,300 Mbps 200 Mbps
802.11ax 10 Gbps 2 Gbps


Older 2.4GHz devices are more susceptible to interference, and will be dealt with on a "best effort" basis.

However in general, the newer the device, the better the wireless experience. USNH strongly recommends that all devices (PCs, laptops, tablets, handhelds, and game consoles) brought on campus be at least 802.11ac (Wifi 5) capable.

KSC, PSU, and UNH all have nearly ubiquitous indoor wireless coverage, using 802.11ac APs. Standards can vary slightly, but on the USNH enterprise networks, devices should be capable of the following:

  • Web Browsing, Emails: 5Mbps or greater
  • Streaming videos, movies and music: 10 Mbps or greater
  • Gaming: 10 Mbps or greater
  • Videoconferencing: 15 Mbps or better

The best place to see what your transfer speeds is at www.speedtest.net .


Need additional help?

Visit the ET&S Help Desk Support page to locate your local campus contact information or to submit an online technology support request.  For password issues you must call or visit the Help Desk in person.  

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Fri 7/19/19 6:05 PM
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