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Speed of WUSB54GSC vs Ethernet

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by DSoden, Dec 22, 2006.

  1. DSoden

    DSoden Network Guru Member

    I recently moved my desktop PC into a different room from my WRT54G router. I bought a WUSB54GSC which works well but my connection speed is way slow. I have a 10meg cable internet connection and I normally score nearly 10meg on speakeasy.net speed test with a direct connection to the router. But with the wireless adapter connected at 54meg excellent signal strength I'm only scoring 2meg. I expected that wireless has more overhead but this speed difference was suprising.

    I'd desided to return the wireless adaptor and just drill a hole through the wall for an enet cable but I thought I might check here to see if anyone knows if this is normal or if maybe I have some other problem. Should I be able to get 10meg with this wireless setup? My USB port is 2.0 but I guess I haven't proven that the port is running high speed. If someone could confirm that the speeds I'm seeing are normal I could return the adaptor and move on without going through a troubleshooting headache. Thanks much for any input.
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Degradation can be caused by radio interference and over distance.

    How good is the signal in the new room?
    How far is the other room from the router?
    Materials of physical obstacles in between?
    Have you tested the speed with the router and computer in the same room over the same wireless network before relocating the unit? How good was it?
    Is the adapter's driver and client software (if applicable) up to date?
    Which WRT54G version are you using and is it on any custom firmware?
  3. DSoden

    DSoden Network Guru Member

    As I said, the signal stregth was excellent. The computer is just in the next room, about 15 feet from the router with 1 wall separation but after I saw the problem I moved it back to the same room for testing so I could easily switch between wireless and wired for comparison. The results were the same when it was in the same room, about 9.5ish meg wired and about 2.1ish meg wireless. I don't know which version of the routed I have but it's a few years old with original firmware. I did not load any linksys software. I downloaded the latest software from the website but only loaded the driver which was version dated 1/25/2005.

    I took the adaptor to a friends house who has the same IPS but only a 3meg subscription. It performed at about 2.2ish at his house. I then tried it at another location with a wireless IPS and a 1.5 connection and was getting about 1.5.

    I desided to take it home and try playing with some settings. This unit has speedbooster and my router doesn't. I read in some forum where someone claimed that could slow it down, even though the item description says it shouldn't. I turned off speedbooster and sure enough, I got 8.8 meg. I couldn't believe it. I then turned speedbooster back on and checked again. Still 8.8 meg.....????

    After that I moved it back into the other room and tested extensively. All test were between 8.5 and 8.9 and made no difference if speedbooster was on or off. I changed many setting in the advanced config and non of them seemed to make any noticable difference. I finally ended up with all settings back at original and everything works properly. I downloaded battlefield 2142 1.1 patch several times and got between 900 k/sec and 1.1 meg/sec.

    I don't know what the original problem was but I'll just have to wait and see if it comes back. I only know that the problem went away after initially disabeling speedboosted but I can't say if that was actually related to the problem or not.
  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Did you plug the adapter into a different USB port the 2nd time around (when you got the 8 odd Mbps)? Most USB 2.0 implementations leave some USB ports at 1.1 (12 Mbps [I think]) and some only at 2.0 (480 Mbps).

    Secondly, check if your FrameBurst is now on and if it was off. Frameburst makes quite a difference.

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