Is laptop 54 mbps internet speed misleading?

May 21, 2010 at 15:20:39
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1.6 GHz/1 GB

My laptop says that my wireless connection is 54.0 Mbps. If my calculations are correct, that would mean that I should be able to transfer a file from another LAN computer onto my laptop at a rate of 6.75 MB per second. However, I'm only able to reach speeds of about 1 MB per second. Why is this? I'm not doing anything else network-related with the laptop or the other computer on the LAN. All I'm doing is transferring the file.

I've already tried changing the channel on my router and disabling the security (only temporarily) to remove any overhead of encrypting the data.


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#1
May 21, 2010 at 15:24:57

Could be a firmware problem of the router.
Could also be a problem of the driver for the wireless network card of one or both computers.

But first I would check for new firmware for the router.

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#2
May 21, 2010 at 16:34:25

That's a good idea, but I've actually seen this on multiple networks with multiple different laptops. I don't think I've ever seen a wireless connection reach speeds of 6.75 MB per second. Is that normal?

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#3
May 21, 2010 at 17:05:43

Yes, because 6,75 MBit/s is gross.
But every network has it's overhead so that if you get a transfer rate of 35 MBit/s (4,4 MByte/s), you have a good and fast wireless network.

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