|You MUST load the main chipset "drivers" for the mboard after Setup has finished so that the operating system has the proper info about the capabilities of the main chipset. |
Main chipset "drivers" are mostly, or ALL, *.inf files that inform the operating system about the main chipset's capabilities.
E.g. the USB 2.0 support that's built into Windows 7 is NOT actually installed in Windows until AFTER the main chipset drivers have been installed.
Other than that, your max speed on the internet is determined by many things, including some that have nothing to do with Windows itself.
If you're connecting to a DSL or ADSL high speed modem via a standalone router, or a combo high speed DSL or ADSL modem / router, you may have a telephone line noise problem.
The same things apply to a a dial-up modem. See Response 7:
For ANY high speed modem, or combo high speed modem / router.........
- high speed modems generally DO NOT reset themselves to a better speed when whatever the problem that caused the connection speed to slow down has gone away - you have to "re-boot" them in that case.
To do that while the computer is running....
If the modem or combo router / modem has a power switch, switch it off, switch it on.
If it doesn't have a switch,
- unplug the DC power connection at the modem or combo router / modem, plug it back in (pull on the plug, NOT the cord)
- or - unplug the AC to DC adapter's connection for the modem or combo router / modem at the AC end, plug it back in.
- WAIT a short time until the leds on the front of the modem or combo router / modem indicate you have a working DSL or ADSL or cable modem internet connection.
(If the telephone line noise is really bad at that time, that may take MORE than a short time.)
Try your computer on the internet. Test it's max connection speed.
The speed of the network connection to your router that's displayed in Windows - e.g. 100 mbits/sec or 1 gbit/sec for a network cable connection to the router, or 54 mbits/sec for a wireless G wireless connection, or up to 600 mbits/sec for a wireless N connection, to the router - has nothing to do with the max speed you can get to on the internet, other than the network connection to the router must be working properly.
If course, the wireless adapter must be getting a strong enough signal between it and the router - e.g. at least 3 or 4 bars out of five on a bar graph.
You can test your max internet connection speed on the web to confirm what that is, at any particular time.
E.g. I choose the same test and the same closest server to my location here, for comparison purposes:
It really isn't important whether you get the max speed possible, although it should be in the ballpark of what it's supposed to be for the package you're paying for (the max speed will vary depending on which web site you choose that has a speed test, which server you choose if you can choose from more than one, how busy the server is at the time) - it's more important whether it has changed drastically, for the same speed test on the same web site with the same server.
(I get the highest speeds with the Text + Shuttle test with a server located in Canada, which is where I am.)
Note that if you do the same speed test again within a really short time, subsequent tests may yield a falsely higher rating because files that were downloaded to test with are still in the Windows page (swap) file on your computer or in it's memory. Do something else for a few minutes before you do the same test again for a truer rating.
The "hardware" firewall settings in the router's configuration DO NOT affect the max internet connection speed.
Your Security settings in the router's configuration should be using an encryption key or password, otherwise anyone within range of the router can connect to your router, and that CAN slow down your max internet connection speed, but only if they are doing that at the same time you are.
If more than one person is accessing the internet via the same router at your residence, that CAN slow down your max internet connection speed, but only if they are doing that at the same time you are.
If one person is merely reading the screen or sufing and not downloading anything other than for that, the other is downloading something, the effect of the person just reading or surfing will be negligible, but if two or more people are doing something at the same time that eat up more of the bandwidth of the connection, that WILL noticably affect the max internet connection speed of all the computers connected to the same router.