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wrt54GL slow internet

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jff1625, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. jff1625

    jff1625 LI Guru Member

    Hi, I'm new here so forgive me if my question is too stupid. I've searched all over the forum and found several related threads but none of them gave me a satisfactory answer for my specific circumstance.

    I'm using my shiny new WRT54GL to share my broadband connection (Woosh - IPWireless PD1 wireless modem, PPPoE) to the 3 laptops in our flat. The connection is supposed to go between 1Mbps - 1.6Mb. When connected to the wrt by ethernet cable I get 1Mb, but when using wifi I only get around 300kbps, even with only one of the laptops connected. I know wireless is supposed to be a little bit (10-20% ?) slower than wired, but this is a really BIG speed difference. I thought my 54Mb wireless G connection could handle about 20Mb throughput, surely it can get up to 1Mb!!!

    Laptop says signal strength is consistently "Good" or better. I've tried changing channels (i tried 1,6,7 and 11 - tried 13 but laptop is from USA, it lost the connection :biggrin: ) but no improvement. There's not much around here that could interfere with the signal, no other nearby wifi networks, no cordless phones, the wireless modem doesn't use 2.4Ghz, only my bluetooth mouse - i tried with that switched off, but it made no difference. I'm using WEP, and all other settings are at defaults, including stock wrt firmware. I've updated my laptops Wifi drivers from intel (2915abg) and that improved my speed from high 200's to mid 300's

    What can I do to improve my internet connection speed? Would a 3rd party firmware help?

    BTW I've had this router for a month now and it's never crashed once, even with utorrent running for days at a time. So i'm a little wary of tweaking the firmware, especially when improved data throughput is NOT one of the selling points of the 3rd party firmwares, at least that I've seen so far.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer me,
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Your correct in thinking your wireless should be capable of at least 1Mb. Why its slower I can't say, would 3rd party firmware help, not sure you would have to try. In some cases yes it does in others it does not. What you could do is get another wireless machine and see if it is experiencing the same symptoms. If so you know its probably the router, if not then its your laptop. Personally i have 3rd party firmware in every device that will take it, in a couple was it necessary, not really, but it helped me to get familiar with what was being offered out there in the 3rd party arena.
  3. jff1625

    jff1625 LI Guru Member

    well i put hyperWRT on it but it still only goes 300-400kbps.
    i've also tried a pc card wifi adapter instead of my notebooks interal one. no change.
    i've borrowed another WAP from my brother, but i didn't get the pwd or default IP for its control panel, so i can't set it up yet...maybe when i do it'll shed some light on things...

    anything else i should try in the meantime?

  4. jff1625

    jff1625 LI Guru Member

    the plot thickens

    I tried the pc card wifi adapter in each of the laptops here, and in one of them i got an internet speed of 1Mbps, in the other two I got 300kbps again, same as the internal ones. The laptop that got 1Mb is probably the least up to date re WinXP, and also the least loaded up with potentially clashy software. This suggests that at least its not the router thats at fault, and most likely a software setting in the other 2 laptops. Any ideas what it might be? Should I decrease the MTU or something?


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