Wireless speed very slow

September 24, 2012 at 00:59:35
Specs: Windows 7 Untimate, 8GB
Router - WRT310N V2
PC1 - Rosewill RNX-N180UBE Wireless Adapter (3/5 Bar Signal)
PC2 - BELKIN F7D2102 N300 Micro Wireless Adapter (4/5 Bar Signal)
PC3 - Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG (5/5 Bar Signal)
PC4 - Wired
PC5 - Wired

My wired PCs have absolutely no trouble topping full Up/Down speeds. Across my variation of wireless PC setups, from the nearest wireless PC (5/5 Bar signal) to the furthest (3/5 Bar Signal), they all seem to have the same issue. They all seem to download at a very slow 28KBps when my dowload speed is 660KBps. Loading web pages is horrid and trying to watch flash or any type of online media is almost impossible. Is there anything that anyone can think of that would be causing this draw back?? Thank you for any suggestions.


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#1
September 24, 2012 at 04:38:14
Two things you can try:

1. Change the router's wireless channel
2. Change the router's wireless encryption type (eg WEP, WPA)


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#2
September 24, 2012 at 07:08:37
If phil22's recommendations yield no change you might want to look through all the wireless settings on the router and ensure you don't have it forced to work at a lower setting. Which is to say, instead of N your forcing G or B on the clients.

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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#3
September 25, 2012 at 19:17:04
So it is set to:
Security Mode: WEP
Network Mode: Mixed
Channel Width: Auto (20Mhz or 40Mhz)
Channel: Auto

The only way to change the Channel to an actual number is to set the Channel Width to "20Mhz Only". So should I do that then? Is there a way to find out what channel is the best to set it to?

Security is set to WEP, is WPA more compatible? Or does it vary with devices?


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#4
September 26, 2012 at 07:21:55
Security is set to WEP, is WPA more compatible? Or does it vary with devices?

WPA is more secure. WEP can be cracked quite easily now with a tool that's freely available on the internet. I would definitely change your encryption to WPA

The only way to change the Channel to an actual number is to set the Channel Width to "20Mhz Only". So should I do that then? Is there a way to find out what channel is the best to set it to?

I would yes.

I would also recommend using software like "netstumbler" to scan WLAN's in your area. What you're looking for is which channels are in use closest to you. You're going to want to pick a channel that's not being used very much thus producing less interferance.

Don't forget, items in your home can cause interferance too....like a cordless phone and microwave oven (when it's running).

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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