How to Fix Local Area Connection Limited to 10 Mbps in Windows 7

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Dan Doicaru in Windows Category with Easy Difficulty

In this tutorial you will learn how to fix the problem with the Local Area Connection 10 Mbps limit instead of 100 Mbps. Internet bandwidth will be limited to 10 Mbps and that means you can download with maximum 1 MB/s out of 10 MB.

The Bandwidth Limit Problem

If you notice that your download speed is slower than usual, you might have problem either with your router (if you use one) or your Windows. When you are using any torrent client or any download manager and your speed is not higher than 1 MB per second then you should take a look to Network Connections.

To check how much is your current bandwidth, open Network Connections. To do that, you can either go to Start Menu and search for View Network Connections or you can click the small network icon network-tray-icon from the system tray and select Open Network and Sharing Center.

Now double click on Local Area Connection and take a look at speed. If it show 10 Mbps that means your connection is limited and is not working at full speed.


Fix Local Area Connection Limit to 10 Mbps

To fix this limit problem, again go to Network Connections, right click on Local Area Connection and hit Properties. Under the Network Card Name you will see Configure. Check the picture below:


After you click Configure, a new window will appear. Now select the Advanced Tab. In the Property box, select Speed & Duplex. As default, you might have selected the Auto Negotiation option, but if you have a faulty router or bad network drivers or any other problems, you can change the speed to 100 Mbps Full Duplex.

Now click OK and the connection will be restarted and your internet speed problem should be resolved. You should download now your regular speed of ~11 MB/s


Note: If you still have the 10 Mbps limit and you did the settings above, disable Local Area Connection and enable it again (right click and hit Disable or Enable).

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  1. Gravatar Icon Deebak:

    After changing the settings also same issue persists. checked with disable and enable.

    • Hello Deebak,

      If your still have the problem, try to update the BIOS. The problem comes from the motherboard and not sure if you can fix it. I have the same problem with the connection, but when this problem appear I disconnect the cable or disable the Local Area Connection few times and the speed is returned to 100 mbps.

  2. Gravatar Icon Venky:

    Awesome! I was at 10 mbps for so many days. Till I found this article to change the settings to 1 gbps full duplex.. Thanks!

  3. Gravatar Icon doomsday:

    Thanks very much.

  4. Gravatar Icon Amey:

    Bro you are star! I was so pissed of with my new internet settings. But this trick made my day.

    Thank you!

  5. Gravatar Icon Vilya:

    Helped! Thanks a lot!

  6. Gravatar Icon Benny:


    I tried all of these tips, but is still not working.

    Sometimes I’m lucky and it is at 100mb when it starts up, but that’s quite random…

    Please help!

    • Hello Benny,

      The problem is from the network driver or adapter. Just keep disabling and enabling the network from 3 to 6 times and tell me if it works (or pull out and in the cable).

      If this not work, try uninstalling the Ethernet Driver (be aware that you’ll not have access to internet once you do that) and install an older version or the one that comes with Windows.

    • Gravatar Icon rishi:

      It’s most likely your cable, I have a new cable and it does the same random thing, but the old one works fine. Unfortunately I have already done the wiring, and removing it is not an option.

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