I recently bought an Asus DSL-AC68U modem and a PCE AC68 wireless network adapter for my desktop pc.
Setting up the modem was really easy, and I measured up to 70Mbps with a laptop directly connected with a cable, or via ac wireless.
Installing the network adapter was a little bit messier, I mostly use win10x64 and apparently Asus did not care much to update its drivers for a couple of years old card, but it is now up and running.
On the modem I set up an ftp server and a download server that supports http, torrent, ftp, whatever so that I can download big files overnight and store some data on the ftp server.
Now for the funny part. On my desktop I can browse the net well enough (that's subjective!), given that reception is not really good, but downloading a file is impossible. I konw that displaying a webpage consists of downloading a bunch of files and that's what I do not understand.
If I try to download e.g. the latest ubuntu iso the speed goes quite rapidly from some 100kbps to 0Bps, then the DL fails. But again, browsing is painless and quite fast and of course you don't browse at 0Bps.
You'd say my radio link is bad and I should feel bad, but this is not the case.
I just tried to download the ubuntu 15.10 iso with the router download manager, that took 4 and a half minutes, top speed some 6500KBps, 1.1GB file. After that I copied it to my desktop machine via the ftp router server and it was blazing fast. It took about one and a half, top speed some 12MBps, yep that's faster than the 100Mb cable.
Modem fw is the latest, no fancy options like QoS or whatever enabled, drivers on the pc are the latest. At this point I don't really know what to do next apart ditching both the pieces of equipment and going outside to see the sun.
My question is: does this scenario even make sense to anyone? How is it possible that connection speed is not "bottleneck driven" but "random driven", i.e. why A to B is 12MBps, B to C is 70Mbps but A to C is ~0Bps only when downloading files but not browsing the net?