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Wireless Wifi connection speed

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Funkyecat, Mar 16, 2015.

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  1. Funkyecat

    Funkyecat Thread Starter

    Jan 3, 2008
    Dell Inspiron 1545 w/ Vista
    Using the Wifi connection to the internet (wireless) to building Wifi, the signal strength is strong but the speed is poor. My regular desktop shows speeds are fine (used in the same area). (Desktop >16Mbs...Laptop <1 to 4.5Mbs.

    Dell help is non existent. Computer given to me by son of recently deceased friend,
  2. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 24, 2003
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    The laptop's wireless speed depends on the wireless card inside it. Look in Device Manager > Network adapters and post what it shows for the wireless adapter please.
  3. Funkyecat

    Funkyecat Thread Starter

    Jan 3, 2008
    Will not let me attach file.

    Net adapter 'Dell wireless 1397 WLAN mini -card
  4. Funkyecat

    Funkyecat Thread Starter

    Jan 3, 2008
    I loaded file into my regular computer.
    See attached. Note adapter was updated (actually never updated) it was updated, same as original. Problem may be Vista.

    I fix computers for schools, charities, etc. for nothing. This one also has a dead battery

    Attached Files:

  5. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 24, 2003
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    That's a G rated card with a top speed of 54Mbits/second which is 6.75Mbytes/s, you're speeds aren't too bad. If you want to increase the wireless speed check if your Router can do wireless N, if it can you could fit a faster wireless card into the laptop. N can be nearly 3 times faster than G. There is an even faster type called AC but I'm not familiar with that.

    EDIT : I have to go now, will check back here later.
  6. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    has the driver been updated ?

    try letting windows re-install - see below
    also a tcp/ip reset may be in order - see below
    finally lets see an xirrus screen shot, to see the type of signal strength you are getting - see below
    sometimes its worth removing the wireless card and reseating , the card and aerial leads


    Try reseating the wireless adapter

    If the adapter is easily accessible, usually through a cover on the bottom of the laptop.
    Remove the power adapter and also the Battery before doing the following
    Remove and reinsert carefully and firmly several times to cure any possible looseness or corrosion.
    At the same time check to make sure the antenna leads are securely attached.
    Note: This is not taking the machine apart. We do not recommend removing the keyboard when that is necessary to find the wireless.

    There are often some good examples of how to disassemble laptops on "youtube" and you should see if the wireless card is on the bottom of the laptop

    Heres an example (they do vary) of a wireless card - with the clips where the aerial leads usually clip


    Uninstall and allow windows to re-install the adapter and Driver
    goto the device manager > Network Adapters > click on the [+] to show all the adapters

    right click on the adapter and from the menu

    remove/uninstall the adapter

    Now restart the pc and allow windows to detect new hardware and re install the adapter and the driver


    TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Vista - Windows 7 - Windows 8 and Windows 10

    For Windows Vista through to Windows 10
    Start> Programs> Accessories> and right click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt box (A new dialogue box - black with white font, will appear on the screen ):​

    For Windows 8
    To open a Cmd Prompt or an Administrator Cmd prompt from the Desktop. Use Win + X and choose Command Prompt or Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.​

    In the command prompt window that opens, type the following commands:

    Note: Type only the text in bold and red for the following commands.

    • Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog and press enter
    • Reset IPv4 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log and press enter
    • Reset IPv6 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log and press enter
    ReStart (reboot) the machine.

    If you receive the message
    The requested operation requires elevation.
    Then please open the command prompt as administrator - as requested above
    Start> Programs> Accessories> and right click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt box (A new dialogue box - black with white font, will appear on screen ):
    Please note and post back - if you receive the following message :-
    Access is Denied
    This often occurs with windows 8

    please post back the results in a reply here - its important we know that these commands have worked correctly and not produced any errors
    right click in the command prompt box
    select all
    control key + C key - to copy
    then reply here and
    control key + V to paste

    Details also here
    also the link has a Microsoft Fix it , which will do the above for you


    Run Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
    Download and install

    If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC
    Save the file to a USB flash drive or other removable media. Plug it into the working computer with internet access and copy the file to the faulty PC and install the program.
    You will now need to take a screen shot and copy that back to the working PC and attach the screen shot in a reply on the forum here.

    If you do not have another PC - do you have a phone connected to the internet - can you photograph the result and post the image in a reply

    enter you details
    Download this file "DOWNLOAD WI-FI INSPECTOR Vx.xx "
    ( the site now appears to allow webbased emails like gmail, hotmail, outlook and yahoo now )

    There is also a xirrus gadget, But that does not have all the fuctionality "DOWNLOAD GADGET Vx.xx

    Alternative links - Use the links below

    Then run and install the program - on a wireless enabled PC/Laptop
    if you get an error - You will need to have NET Framework installed for the WiFi Inspector to function.
    On windows 8 - (i do not have windows 8) but, it would appear that, When you first try to run, you may get a message that .net framework is needed, and included in that message is a link to download/install.

    Run the program

    A user guide is available here

    post a screen shot of the program running.
    if there are a lot of networks showing can you click on "networks" top lefthand area - so we can see all the network information.

    post which SSID name is yours, its located in the list, under network "Adapter Name" (1st column)

    For a reliable (or robust as the Xirrus user guide says) wireless connection you need a signal of about -70 dBm or better. "A desirable signal level for a robust Wi-Fi connection will be green".
    note: the signal level is a negative number, so for example -88 is worst and -40 is better

    To post a screen shot of the active window.

    Windows XP
    Hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application (Start> All Programs> Accessories> Paint) and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.

    Vista or Windows 7
    you can use the "snipping tool" which is found in Start> All programs> Accessories> Snipping Tool

    Windows 8
    you can use the snipping tool > Open Snipping Tool (From the Windows 8 Start Screen, type "snip" and press enter.
    >Press the Esc. key.
    >go back to your Windows 8 start screen - Swipe from left or press Window Button
    >Press Ctrl+PrntScr button to use Snipping Tool
    see here

    To upload the screen shot to the forum, open the full reply window ("Go Advanced" button) and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
    Full details are available here http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Posting_a_Screenshot
  7. Funkyecat

    Funkyecat Thread Starter

    Jan 3, 2008
    Under speedtest.net the results are in 'Mbs' and according to your info it is Megabytes. Usually I see MBs as Megabytes. Thanx for the tip.
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