Century Link DSL Wireless connection much slower than wired

September 7, 2012 at 10:23:03
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD XD Dual Core/2.0ghz/4g mem
I have internet thru Century Link (DSL). I also have a Netgear N-300 wireless router. My computer is 4 years old and is an HP with a G wireless adapter buit-in. Until yesterday, my provided internet speed was up to 7mbps. I received the same speed regardless of whether my computer was plugged in directly to the modem (1), plugged directly into the router (2), or wirelessly. We just upgraded our internet to 40mbps. Now, I get the 40 mbps when my computer is plugged into the modem or router, but wirelessly I only get about 4 mbps, 1/10th of what I get with wired. Any ideas?

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September 7, 2012 at 13:01:11
Just FYI, 802.11g is spec'd for about 56 Mbps bandwidth so you should be getting a lot closer to your total than you are. You'll never get a full 40 with a wired connection as there is always some overhead. If you get 80% or more, that's right around what I'd expect to see. There's more overhead with wireless so don't expect 80% of your rated bandwidth.

My recommendation is that you go to the OEM's website and search for a newer version of the firmware for your device. If there is newer, download and install it an see if that doesn't improve the performance of your wireless.

I would also do the same for the wireless interface on your computer.

Do both and see if the wireless bandwidth doesn't improve.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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September 7, 2012 at 15:33:59
Thank you for your response. I was on the phone with Netgear for 3 hours and they tried both those steps to no avail. They even took over my computer, but it did not help. They told me to keep doing speed tests for one day and if nothing changed, call them back tomorrow and they will send me out another router.

Am I right to assume that since my Sony PS3 also shows abut 6mbps (like my laptop) wireless, that verifies that the problem is not with my laptop but with the router?


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#3
September 7, 2012 at 21:06:14
Am I right to assume that since my Sony PS3 also shows abut 6mbps (like my laptop) wireless, that verifies that the problem is not with my laptop but with the router?

That is pretty indicative.

If you had two (or more) separate wireless devices and only one was getting 6 Mbps, it would indicate that device is the problem. When two (or more) separate devices get the same 6 Mbps, it points at the router since the router is the "common factor".

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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