Solved Wi-fi speed is only 6mbps, when hard wired, it is 18mbps.

November 11, 2013 at 19:40:58
Specs: Windows 7, 3gb RAM
I can't get beyond 6mbps download speed when using wi-fi on my laptop. When hard-wired, speed is 18mbps! I tried updating drivers, turning off firewall, nothing has worked. Any suggestions?

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#1
November 11, 2013 at 20:12:03
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Well there you go. The hard wire connection is clearly the winner! Remember when routers (may be you don't), but they bragged they could push the wifi signal at max 54mps, then they started making 108mbps, 150mbps, 300mbps. So you would want to know what the max capacity of your router is. Then there is the wifi card in your in laptop, you'd have to see how it is rated. When you work out the math (I'm no computer science guy), it means most of the routers we currently use are going to be faster connected directly by a cable (assuming said cable is not from the router to say a shop 1/4 mile away). Remember we make gigabit lan cards for ethernet cable, much faster. I am on a 2mg dsl line, and I'd be thrilled to get 6 on my wifi.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#2
November 11, 2013 at 20:20:16
Here is probably a more eloquently stated description from a person who clearly had more time than me, hopefully this helps. I googled "why is ethernet faster than wifi" and bang!


http://www.digitaltrends.com/comput...

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#3
November 12, 2013 at 08:48:55
Whatever the stated maximum possible speed of the wifi
connection is the total speed for *ALL* users combined.
If the max speed is 20 Mbps and there are four users all
downloading on the same channel simultaneously, each
user will get only 5 Mbps.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
November 12, 2013 at 09:41:46
Consider using PowerLine adapters instead of Wifi. These are effectively hard wired but using the domestic power supply as the line (no long cables). You just fit one on the router and one at the computer(s). Even the cheap ones work very well. I'm using one right now - the speed is hardly different to a direct cable.

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