a problem which is eating my head ..please clarify

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by kaalakhan007, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. kaalakhan007

    kaalakhan007 LI Guru Member

    HI ,

    I went to the tigerdirect store and picked up a LINKSYS WRT54GP2 . I just wanted a good working router which gave me my bandwidth without mismanaging or eating it..

    I have a 6 mbps internet connection and I have tested my bandwidth , it works perfectly and the download speed clocks 6 mbps when I connect my computer to my cable modem directly.

    NOw I tried connecting my computer to the router wirelessly , it worked but the download speed was a mere 3 mbps .

    SOmetimes , it showed 1 or 2 mbps or somewhere inbetween but it never exceeded 3 mbps . My computer was the only system connected to that router at that moment .In that case my computer should be downloading at the full speed of my connection i.e. 6mbps . My problem is that the other bandwidth was being wasted ,I want to download at the full
    speed of my connection . I dont understand this , this makes no sense . What can I do ?

    Here is a question I have got .
    five people use my connection wirelessly .All that they do is check their mail and browse a lot .I am the only one who does a lot of downloading .If the five people together use a bandwidth of 1 mbps then Would I get the remaining 5 mbps OR would the speed be equally divided among us ( since we are 6 , the six mbps connection would be equally
    allocated to each of us and each of us would get 1 mbps ) . I think that the latter makes no sense because I lose bandwidth even when its not being used . But this is exactly that thing that is happening with my router . Its just
    giving me speeds of 1 or 2 mbps even when the other computers have zero transfer activity . THis is killing my brains . I tried searching for a similar problem but I couldnt find a solution .

    I read a post where a user said that he had the same problem and that it was due to interference between the router and cable modem and placing them away from each other solved his problem .I tried that but no use .

    I tried changing the firmware , but still I could not solve the problem .

    Any help will be appreciated , thanks .

  2. Spyderman

    Spyderman Network Guru Member

    The good old speed question...

    I read your post and it sounds like you are trying to account for bandwidth throughput as if you had it canned in discrete units that you can pass around or equally divide among the nodes on your network.

    Although it may not be your case.... I find that a lot of the connection speed issues have less to do with the router and more to do with the configuration of the Windows machine you are using to measure it with.

    To address the RF signal coverage, I suggest that you verify that you have the router in centralized location of your home, high-up if possible. Envision your coverage zone as very big fluffy imaginary doughnut with your router at the center of it.

    Then I suggest you go to http://broadband.com , in the tools section, you should find a test called a TWEAK test. Run the tweak test and see what feedback/suggestions you get. Of particular interest is the RWIN setting for your windows machine. You should find lots of information and suggestions on speeding up your connection to the optimal level. There is a tool called (DrTCP) that you can download right there at the site to make the recommended changes to your machine's network parameters.

    Try that and see if you get any improvement.
  3. kaalakhan007

    kaalakhan007 LI Guru Member

    thanks for replying man .. it has nothing to do with my settings as it is giving me full speed when i connect to the modem directly.

    i just wanted to know if the bandwidth is really distributed as i asked before . i just want to get my full speed through my router
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