Wireless Networking Speed Help

Micro-star international / Ms-7194
November 24, 2010 at 19:31:09
Specs: Windows 7, 2.412 GHz / 3071 MB
Hello everyone,

I have 2 wireless routers with DD-WRT firmware on both. I successfully joined the 2 routers together wireless. I have 1 router (main router) setup as the access point and the 2nd router as "client bridged". The 2nd router has Ethernet cables connecting to the computer in the living room and blu-ray player. Everything works fine except when I am copying files from the bedroom computer (where the main router is) to the living room computer, the network speed is really slow, it is always copying at around 500-800kbps. I have set the main router to broadcast at max (54Mbps) and the 2nd router picks up a perfect signal but for some strange reason, copying files across the network is really slow. The distance between them is about 15 feet. When I ping the main router from the living room its saying "bytes=32 time=1ms" sometimes 2ms yet transferring files between the 2 computers is very slow. Both computers are running Windows 7

Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

PS The 2nd router is NOT set as a repeater, its just set up to act like a wireless adapter for the main router, DHCP is disabled on the 2nd router. My home network is set up exactly how I wanted it i.e. WPA2 AES Encryption to stop anyone hacking in and the blu-ray player is hardly switched on so that is not using bandwidth, none of the computers are downloading anything.

Thank you all very much


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#1
November 25, 2010 at 06:08:21
Wireless sucks..............period.

It's convenient, because you don't need wires. But you pay for that convenience with the following drawbacks:
1) lack of security
2) inherent problems with lag and latency
3) lack of bandwidth

Wireless is what it is and I know of no way to "speed it up".

If you want a fast, reliable network, you go wired. If you want convenience or don't want to pull network cables all over your house, you have to live with the issues inherent to wireless.

If there's some reason you're in a big hurry to transfer these files, buy or make a long enough crossover cable to go from the PC in your bedroom to the one in your living room and connect them with that. Do the file transfer and unplug the cable and pack it away so it's not under foot. You'll find your files transfer a whole lot quicker over a wired connection. Especially if both NIC's are 1000 Mbps.

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
November 25, 2010 at 17:37:14
Hello Curt,

I am in no big hurry for copying, the reason being is my comp in the bedroom is connected to router 1 which is connected to cable internet and I download the prior weeks TV shows etc at the weekend for the fam to watch. I do not have a DVR or VHS. The comp in the living room I have connected to the TV via S-Video and audio cables from my sound cable to TV. I usually d/l the shows (around 5Gb each week), copy them to comp 2 via my wireless network and then watch them through the comp/TV. At present it copies around 1Mbps so that is a lot of waiting round.

I just thought someone may have had an idea on how to make it faster. Even copying programs is a nuisance. I know I could get a Cat5 cable or USB Flash drive but just wanted to know how to speed up my wireless network.

Also, my bedroom is where my Server 2003 is and saving anything from pics to documents to the server via wireless is a pain as well.


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#3
November 26, 2010 at 05:46:29
I'd go with a cable or flash drive for moving your big files. Alternatively, you could start the copy process (via wireless) before going to bed say, but it's all too likely the copy would stall out on you since you're moving such a large chunk of data.

Unfortunately, I know of no way to get it transferring at the rate it should be (ie: the available bandwidth). It's possible someone else might, but I kind of doubt it or they'd have posted in your thread.

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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