Signal Strength & Connection Speed

Ecs / Ka3-mvp
May 17, 2009 at 22:23:55
Specs: XP 32bit, 3.368 GHz / 4095 MB
Hi, I have two USB wifi adapters.

One gets about 8% signal with 11mb/ps (

The other gets about 48% signal with only 7mb/ps (

Both are sampled on the same exact network

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May 18, 2009 at 04:25:26 is measuring you Internet speed. Not the same thing as you wireless speed which speedtest cannot measure. The variation in speed from the two tests can be down to a multitude of factors that you have no control over.

11mbs is very good for any broadband connection and you are only going to get as much as the slowest link can supply which it your Internet connection. If you want to measure your wireless speed you have to do it from within your own network.


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May 18, 2009 at 07:43:45
Yeah I know.

I want to knwo why though, why would my internet speed decrease when i change adapters the modem is still working the same.

I need 54MBps for transfering files within my network but if I use the adapter with good signal strength my internet isint is fast.

I measure the connection with WirelessMon

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May 18, 2009 at 08:56:23
These on-line speed checkers are only a rough guide. There are many reasons why the speed could change between reading, not least of all the congestion on the server, congestion between you and the server. did you do a couple of test to see if the difference is constant?

As I said earlier, measuring your wireless speed with and Internet connection is a fruitless exercise, to many variables to make it an accurate measurement.


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May 18, 2009 at 09:03:50
Yeah I hear ya. I did multiple control tests and variable tests over and over, its consistant.

Can you help me with any advice on soldering an antenna wire off a USB style adapter? I just took pictures of both of their internals Ill upload them somewhere if you think you can help.

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