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February 9, 2009 at 20:43:49
Specs: Windows XP, Intel 3.16 GHz; 2Gb DDR2 800
The Dr. my wife works for has a problem with the wireless in his personal work office. The Wireless access point is Qwest DSL 7MB. Best Buy sold him a Hawking 108Mbps range extender. The range extender is in his office and connected to the computer through the Ethernet port. There are a lot of pipes and metal between the access wireless router and his office. Hard wiring is almost impossible at the very least impractical. He wants it to download faster. It is faster than before but not as fast as he wants. I'm out of ideas. Anybody have any suggestions? If I could get 125Mbps it might satisfy him.

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February 9, 2009 at 20:52:38
As far as wireless, the 802.11-N routers are as fast as you are going to get. It sounds like you already have this on one end, but you need all the devices to be 802.11-N. Is the router?

Speed will decrease as signal strength decreases. Widows will give you a nice little bar graph to show you the signal strength. Try moving the router and the computer's antenna around to find the best location for both.

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February 10, 2009 at 07:51:38
What exactly is the wireless access point (ie: make/model).

Chances are it's an 802.11g and can't exceed 54 Mbps. Regardless, the issue is not the network unless your signal strength is really low and the PC is getting disconnected often. The reason I say this is, you say you have a 7 Mbps internet connection so you are limited to, at the VERY best, 7 Mbps. 802.11g is rated for 54 Mbps, you do the math.

Remember, it doesn't matter one bit how fast your network is, or your internet connection is, if the server you're downloading from is very busy. The busier a server gets, the slower it'll be able to service all connected clients.

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