declining linksys wireless connection

Dell Latitude d620 notebook computer –...
April 6, 2012 at 19:17:56
Specs: Windows XP, 4 gb
My wireless connection speed will drop from 54 mbs to 36 then 24 then sometimes as low as 5.5 then bounces back up and down. The router is a wrt53g. During this whole time the signal strength is showing excellent.

I am about 20 feet from the router through a floor, but it happens even if ia am in the same room as the router.

We have WEP security enabled.

Any ideas

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April 7, 2012 at 01:29:38
I would guess either other stations sharing the bandwidth or interference from other sources.

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April 7, 2012 at 16:51:27
Sounds like something is stepping on your frequency.

First unplug and power down any cordless phones you have, not cell phones, but house phones.

Install a wifi sniffer program, I like netstumbler. Now scan your area and see how many other access points you can see and note down the channel that they are broadcasting on.

Most routers default to channel 6, so if you and all your neighbors are on ch. 6 then you will have some interference. The best channels to have is 1 or 11, this will leave you with unallocated side bands.

Or it could be something stupid like your wireless card drivers. Just a thought.

Let me know if this helps

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