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joeho87

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Hi

I have recently just got Virgin Media 10mb connection (wireless). Me and my friend share this connection, he has a mac i have a pc(laptop). It seems that my friend can get near enough full speed with downloads etc (tested on speedtest.net), my friend got nearly 10mb download speed, however I averaged at 6mb. Another example, my friend downloaded a file from a website, the speed went at about 1.5mb/s, I then downloaded the exact same file directly after his download had finished, my average download speed was 250kb/s.
My wireless card is "intel(r) pro/wireless 3945abg", it is a 54mb/s card so it should be more than capable to get the full 10mb/s that is offered to me. Any help in how to 'de-restrict' my card to obtain the full speed?

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks in advance
 
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It should say what speed your wireless connection is at if you hover over the "network connected" icon in the bottom right-hand corner in the taskbar. I'd guess it's very unlikely this is causing the problem.

Are you the only person using your internet connection when you test these things?
 

joeho87

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If I hover over the wireless icon it says 54mbps. My friend was also connected at the same time so really we should get half and half with regards to the speed.
 
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have u tried moving your pc? im not a pro on wireless but isnt it like a cellphone...bad reception = not full bar?
 

joeho87

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Yeah, the router is in the living room, which is where I set, it has full signal strength or "Excellent". I'm really stumped by this! help!
 

joeho87

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yeah still get the 6meg download speed from the speed tester. and the same download speed from the file i tested it on. anyone got any ideas?
 

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There may be no "help" for the issue.

I have a 15mbit connection here, and 802.11n routers. My HP laptop gets around 7mbits/sec with no other network traffic, but the Toshiba gets the full 15mbit running the same test. It may be simply the computer itself. Both of these computers are Core 2 Duo boxes with plenty of memory and speed, obviously something about the wireless cards and/or drivers.
 

joeho87

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Yeah I kinda knew it would be something to do with the card, but does anyone know how to adjust it to perform better? Like I said, its 54mbps so it should be able to achieve speeds of 10mbps
 
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If it says in your taskbar you are connected at 54mbps then I doubt you can do anything to be honest
 

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My tests were also both connected at 54mbits, and sitting about 6 feet from the router. If updated wireless drivers don't help, other than possibly tweaking the TCP/IP parameters with something like the DSL Reports Tweak Tester to optimize the connection parameters, nothing else comes to mind.
 

joeho87

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OK then, thanks for your help! I'll give it a go when I get home and post the results.
 
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