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Discussion in 'Networking' started by joeho87, Oct 16, 2008.

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  1. 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
     
  2. Lucky5tar

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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?
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. joeho87

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    Anyone?
     
  5. chrisxa

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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?
     
  6. 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!
     
  7. chrisxa

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    same problem even when your friend's computer is turned off?
     
  8. 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?
     
  9. joeho87

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    any help guys?
     
  10. JohnWill

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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.
     
  11. 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
     
  12. Lucky5tar

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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.
     
  14. 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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