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When I run

iwconfig

I get

Bit Rate:1 Mb/s   Tx-Power=22 dBm   
Retry short limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off

and more. Running a download at the same time, Firefox reports a download rate of 1.8Mbit/s. What does iwconfig report? Is it some kind of nominal rate?

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    Not sure which bitrate that is, esp. as there can be different transmit and receive bitrates. Use iw wlan0 station dump to get both bitrates. Also note the bitrate can change on demand/due to current noise environment.
    – dirkt
    Dec 24 '17 at 10:00

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