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Solved: Good LAN speed next to no WAN speed

Discussion in 'Networking' started by StalkerB, Dec 3, 2008.

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  1. StalkerB

    StalkerB Thread Starter

    May 27, 2004
    Hope someone has an idea cos BT support was pretty useless :)

    Set up on BT Hub 2.0.
    Wireless through 2 different pcs (1 vista, 1 XP) and xbox 360.

    If I plug in via ethernet I get the speeds I expect of about 6.5Mb, if I go wireless I get about 0.2Mb. So it does connect, but for some reason it just gets crippled.

    Xbox connects well enough that I can see friends online, but try to download anything or play a game and it's useless, although does work. PCs try to load a page but generally time out.

    Line connected on Tuesday, Hub installed Saturday, speeds on Saturday were at about 3.5Mb wirelessly. Sunday, down to current wireless speeds.

    Left it until today as BT recommend waiting 10 days for top speeds.

    If I unplug the ethernet cable I can briefly connect at the same speeds wirelessly. Unplug cable, go to Google, do a search and it'll give me quick results, but after a couple of searches the speed drops right off again.

    LAN connection sometimes isn't recognised and it gives me a 169.x.x.x IP, if I restart it'll find the for the IPv4.

    IP and DNS set to automatic.

    Any ideas what else I can test or what the problem might be?
  2. Jason08


    Oct 13, 2008
    For the xbox games, do you know if there are any ports to open? Opening ports can increase very low speeds in online games.
  3. StalkerB

    StalkerB Thread Starter

    May 27, 2004
    Good idea, but I think the xbox problem is the same one as the PC problem because both worked fine on Saturday and now neither work.

    I'll look up a guide and try it.

    Tried switching off encryption too, but it's not made a difference.

    There's only 2 other wireless networks I can see too, so not too noisy.
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Some things you can try here.

    1. For wireless connections, change the channel on the router, I like channels 1, 6, and 11 in the US.
    2. For wireless connections, try moving either the wireless router/AP or the wireless computer. Even a couple of feet will sometimes make a big difference.
    3. Update the firmware to the latest version available on the manufacturer's site.
    4. Reset the router to factory defaults and reconfigure.

    Many times these measures will resolve a lot of intermittent issues.
  5. StalkerB

    StalkerB Thread Starter

    May 27, 2004
    Yeah, should have popped back on this morning.

    Changed from channel 6 to channel 11 last night at about half midnight and I got speeds of about 3Mb.

    I was two rooms further away and the encryption would slow it down, so looks reasonably fixed.

    I was too sleepy by that point to post again. I'll see if I can post this as solved.

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