Internet speed issue

Hewlett-packard / Dv7-1135
August 13, 2011 at 23:24:18
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB
We live out in the country, so our internet is wireless. The antenna that transmits the signal to our antenna tower on top of our house is a mile away. Our main hub router in our house is in our garage, which leads to two additional routers in the house. In addition to the two routers hooked up to the main hub router is an antenna (on the side of the house not on our tower) that transmits a signal to our neighbor a half a mile away (direct line of sight). Our internet speed only runs at 118 KBs and it is suppose to be over 1 MBs . I even unhooked everything from the main hub and hooked my laptop up directly and the speed stayed at 118 KBs. Is there a chance that some how the antenna transmitting to our neighbor is taking our internet speed? Our internet is free because we service our neighbor. The internet service guy ran a speed test and said it was running fine. Is it possible that the service provider put a cap on our internet speed in order to satisfy the transmitting signal to the neighbor? I am starting to run out of ideas. What can I do to fix it? Sometimes the internet is only working at 50 KBs. I want to know if the tech guy put a cap on our internet speed. The speed test shows the speed is correct but we have to wait 10 minutes to watch a 2 minute youtube video. I have video games that I download from steam, and they download at true speed and they too show 118 KBs. I am tech savy but I cannot figure this issue out

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#1
August 14, 2011 at 05:44:10
Wireless at it's best is limited due to inherent susceptibility to lag and latency.

I see you tried hooking directly into a laptop and the bandwidth (not "speed") didn't improve. In that case I would contact my ISP. But it is what it is, wireless, so don't expect any miracles. It's all too likely what you're getting is all you're going to get.

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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#2
August 14, 2011 at 08:58:25
They are a few ways you can improve your speed. I've increased mine dramatically and was in a very similar situation.

#1. Go to your "Wireless Network Connection Status" and click "Wireless Properties" click the security tab at the top and set the 3 drop boxes to as follows: 1st box - Security Type: No Authenication, 2nd box - Encryption Type: WEP, 3rd box - make a security key, use the 10 digit number that is located on your WiFi adapter between the 2 bar codes. That will stop other computers from intercepting your bandwidth.

#2. Go back to the "Wireless Network Connection Status" and click the administrative "Properties" this time. It may just say "Properties" with a shield in front of the word. Click the "Configure" button and another box will pop up. Click on the "Advanced" tab at the top, then under "Property:" they're a box with 6 things in it. You want to click "Recieve Buffers" and raise that value as high as it will go. It goes to 512 on mine. Next, go to "Transmit Buffers" and raise that value as high as you can, once again, mine is 512.

#3. Run an Ethernet Cord from the WiFi box to the computer if your computer has a 2nd Adapter for Ethernet. To check, go to the start menu, type in "Device Manager" and click on it when it pops up. Click the + sign beside "Network Adapters" and look to see if you have 2 adapters. You should click on both and make sure that they are "Enabled". This added an extra 100Mbps to my connection speed!

#4 Click on this link, or copy and paste it in your search engine and download the TCP/IP Optimizer, It's free. Make sure you click "save as" and download it to your desktop for easy access. When the download finishes, RIGHT click the TCP/IP Optimizer Icon and go to "Run As Administrator". Set your Max connection speed to the value of the highest connection speed between your adapters. Then click "optimal" at the bottom, it should be a bubble. Hit "apply" and when it asks, reboot.

http://www.speedguide.net/files/TCP...


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#3
August 14, 2011 at 09:16:02
Of the 4 things posted above by TheBuzzsaw the only one that could help improve bandwidth is the following:

#3. Run an Ethernet Cord from the WiFi box to the computer if your computer has a 2nd Adapter for Ethernet.

A wired connection will always be infinitely better than wireless as it's not susceptible to the same issues that wireless is that cause it to have lousier performance than wired.

Of the rest, I'm sorry to say, none of them can, or will, improve bandwidth.

I wouldn't waste a moment of time on the other 'tweaks' he advised and I certainly wouldn't download some lousy "optimizer" tool. Your interface should already be optimized and the simple truth is, your interface will be able to handle much higher bandwidth than you're getting from your ISP. Ergo, "optimizing" your interface's settings won't change, or improve, anything.

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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