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Wireless Networking Confusion

Discussion in 'Networking' started by CoasterFreak, Apr 4, 2008.

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  1. CoasterFreak

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    Hello fellow TSGers,
    I swear I just don't have luck with wireless networks anymore. So I have a really funny issue going on now. I've been downloading videos, music, and other random files lately (legally of course). They've been taking quite some time. A 75MB file took about 5 minutes which is VERY unusual, that's actually unheard of. Now, i've tried a dozen and one different speedtests and I'm getting anywhere from 6 Mbps (minimum) to 13 Mbps (maximum). Why are download speeds so slow? Do you guys suggest I disable WPA-TKIP? I am in a mixed -n and -g environment. I'm not sure how much of a difference that makes though. I usually just stick with MAC filtering, but I wanted to give "real" security a chance. But if disabling WPA-TKIP would help then I'm game. I just want other suggesstions before I try it. PLEASE TSGers help me...:(
     
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    Are you sure it's not a problem on the remote site, and not your connection?
     
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    Nothing wrong in the line quality test. That 100% loss is normal for many ISP last hop gateways, they simply don't respond to pings. The important part is the top statistics about low and medium bandwidth streams, they show zero loss.

    Download speeds are dependent on both ends, maybe the source is slow?
     
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    Thanks JohnWill and bassetman for your input.
    It very well could be an issue on the remote site, i just assumed that because it happened on multiple sites that it was probably an issue with me. Do you think it has anything to do with WPA security?
     
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    It may well be an issue with your machine, it just doesn't seem to be indicated in that particular line quality test.

    Try booting in Safe Mode with Networking and see if the speeds change.
     
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    Thanks JohnWill, I'll give that shot. Now I don't think it's the wireless security, WPA, since my XBox works flawlessly. Ahh the woes of networking!
     
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    I gave Safe Mode with Networking Support but there was no improvement in performance. Any other suggesstions? Thanks.
     
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    I don't see why nobody asked how far away from the router are you? and what kind of wireless card do you have? plus if you are using cable internet, then sometimes it is normal when a lot of people are using their internet. Could that be the problem?
     
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    What happens with an ethernet connection (your PC)?
     
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    to answer cntnut: the distance is no more than 50ft max...but these are -N adapters so I expect better out of them. the -G adapters are doing better than the -N.

    to answer TerryNet: Wired (ethernet) performs well above our promised speeds of 16/1.5
     
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    Make sure you have the latest driver for the adapter. Any other wireless networks detected? Have you tried different channels?
     
  14. CoasterFreak

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    TerryNet,
    I do indeed have the latest NIC drivers. I do detect other networks but they are too far away to establish & keep a connection to. I have tried different channels but some cause the -N cards to have an even worse connection than they do now.
     
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    This may have completely no effect, but is it usb? if so, when i use the extion cord and put the card higher, like on my desk, i have 54 Mbps, but when it is directly in my pc, about 18 Mbps
     
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