New WRT54GL Crappy speeds

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by tornadog, May 12, 2008.

  1. tornadog

    tornadog Addicted to LI Member

    I moved to a WRT54GL from my old Netgear wg614v7 because of frequent disconnects. But I am finding really bad speeds when connecting my pc wirelessly using a netgear wg111 usb adapter. I have a 7Mbps down cable connection and I manage to get only upto 4Mbps. Also when I stream stuff to my ps3 also connected wirelessly, I get constant pauses. I finally had to connectmy pc thru wire and now the puse problem is gone. My download pseeds are still crappy whenever my other laptop is being used for live messenger. When all systems are idle I am getting my full speed in download.I dont have QOS enabled in the firmware, so I dont know why its distributing the bandwidth. Is there someway I can say that whenever I am d/ling to allocate max bandwidth to the downloads???
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  3. tornadog

    tornadog Addicted to LI Member

    I have it at channel 1 and its far from the microwave and its on the same floor as all devices. Should I try Tomato or other 3rd party firmware to boost the signal?
  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    You should try Tomato or other firmware, but not for boosting your signal....

    What kind of USB port have you got the WG111 connected to. If it's not a USB 2.0 port, you will have slow speeds.

    You may be having driver issues. See if you can find the latest driver, and then tweak the driver settings for the WG111. (Can't say what exactly you should look at, but fiddle around). Assuming you use Windoze, there's also an (I think) RXWin setting you can tweak in the registry. Search this site for more details on this setting.

    If you are having signal strength issues then:
    1) With the WG111 being a stick, it's likely that the signal FROM the WG111 TO the router is the weak one.
    2) Tomato will show you the signal Rx'ed by the router. A signal of -60dB or more (-50 is more than -60 ;) client-> router is a good signal.
    3) Check the noise levels repeatedly. You may be getting noise from other sources in the neighborhood.
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