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Extremely Slow Speeds Through WiFi

Discussion in 'Networking' started by TG7187, Apr 6, 2019.

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  1. TG7187

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    I have a HP Pavilion p6837c and I'm using an Edimax dongle to catch a WiFi signal since I'm unable to hard wire the desktop computer with Ethernet. According to Speed Test.net, I'm getting 2.75 Mbps download and 9.35 Mbps upload. Absolutely awful.

    When I took my desktop to another room where I could use Ethernet, I'm getting speeds of 94 Mbps download.

    I have another HP computer that has a WiFi card built in and I'm getting speeds with that one of 20 Mbps download.

    Is there any advice on what I can do to increase the speed of the P6837c using, perhaps, a different WiFi desktop adapter?

    The other option for me is pay my ISP to install another modem and then pay an extra $5/month. I'm open to doing that, but would prefer to buy a good desktop adapter that will get decent speeds.

    Thanks.
     
  2. flavallee

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    What's the exact description of that Edimax wireless adapter?
    If you have a webpage for it, please post the link to it.

    Does your modem/router(unknown description) and Edimax wireless adapter support 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless bands?

    A wired ethernet connection tends to produce higher and more stable download speeds than what a wireless connection does.
    Depending on how far away that room is from your modem/router, you might consider buying and using a 50' - 100' long ethernet cable.

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    I logged into my router. It's a Netgear WNR2000v5. Not sure if this information helps, but I figured I'd post it anyway.
     
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    That "thumb size" wireless adapter you're using supports only the 2.4 GHz wireless band, and it's more suited for use with a laptop/notebook.
    This is the wireless adapter that I use with all of my desktops, and which I've had very good success with.
    It supports both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless bands, and it has a long USB cable so you can position it easily where you want it.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...190&cm_re=netis_wf2190-_-33-389-035-_-Product

    I'm not familiar with your router, but it does support both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless bands. (y)

    Who is your internet service provider(ISP), and which upload/download speed plan do you have?

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    Based on what you said in post #1, I guessed your ISP speed plan is 10 Mbps upload/100 Mbps download, but I wanted to be sure.

    I've used one of those single antenna models, but it was a 802.11n model and supported only the 2.4 GHz wireless band, so I didn't have good success with it.
    The one you selected supports both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands and supports 802.11ac, so you may have good success with it.
    Personally, I prefer a model with dual antennas and that you can move around to obtain a better signal.

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    Good to know. I think I'll consider ordering the one to which you linked. It's not much more expensive.
     
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    I've been editing my last reply, so re-read it.

    If you decide to order the same one I use, I'm pretty sure you'll be happy with it.

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