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Fast ethernet, slow wifi... I'm confused.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Kiraamzsy, Jul 30, 2009.

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  1. Kiraamzsy

    Kiraamzsy Thread Starter

    Oct 21, 2008
    I'm trying to figure out why I'm getting a slow connection on my wireless.

    I realize that certain things come into play such as cordless phones, placement of the router, signal strength, firmware & drivers, different channels, etc. However, there are no cordless phones near the router. The router is right on top of the computer so there is no obstruction of the signal and the signal strength is 100%. As well, I've updated all drivers & firmware to the latest versions. I've also tried all available channels on the router which made little to no difference.

    With wifi:


    With ethernet:


    It seems the wireless peaks at a certain speed and won't go beyond that. I'm using a dlink wireless G network card & linksys wireless N router and then onboard NIC for ethernet. They are mismatched but I don't think this is the cause. I know that wireless is slower but I wouldn't think by this much. This seems excessive.

    Anyone have some insight on the finicky wireless?
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    That does seem excessive, I normally get basically the same speed wired or wireless from my 20/5 connection, and this machine has 802.11g built-in.

    I guess I'd have to try updating the wireless drivers first. and also try the machine on a different wireless network to see if this is a failure in your specific environment or a general issue with the machine and wireless speeds.
  3. cdwyer55


    Jul 31, 2009
    Tweeking routers is a pain and seems to be more luck then any set rules to follow. First, I would reset the router back to factory default. Then I would use an open DNS. They are just faster then your ISP's DNS. Go to https://www.opendns.com/start for instructions.

    My settings for my Linksys N router and Intel N Wireless card are:

    MTU Auto
    DDNS disabled
    Wireless G only
    Channel 11
    Security WPA Personal
    Encryption TKIP

    Notice that I am not even using the N standard. It's not necessary.

    Your right the mismatched card/router doesn't matter.

    For all OS other then Win 7 and Vista I would go to: broadband ยป Tweaking for speed to tune your TCP/IP stack.

    Last, I would use Advanced System Care (www.iobit.com): Internet Booster which will optimize your browser for your connection. It's free.

    Hopefully, that will do the trick.

    Good luck.
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