Wireless internet browsing

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Quizby, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. Quizby

    Quizby LI Guru Member

    I'm beginning to wonder if there is such a thing as good wireless bandwidth. I'm wondering why my connection tells me my connection speed is 54Mbps. I have a WRT54GS v6 that it doesn't seem to matter one bit what I do, I get the same lousy speed. I have Road Runner supplying me a 5 Mbps internet connection. When I connect to the GS by LAN I consistantly get ~5 Mbps (550 to 590 KBps in Windows) downloading. The WLAN is between 1 and 2 Mbps downloading no matter what I have done. Can't even get the 5 Mbps of my internet connection over a WLAN that is supposed to operate at 54 Mbps. :frown:

    I've had my router upstairs and down. I've wandered my notebook up and down and all around with the router in different locations. My laptop reports a signal strength of very good or excellent no matter where the units are orientated relative to one another. Even in the same room I get only 2 Mbps.

    My laptop always connects right up. My connection doesn't drop. I've switched channels. I've switched from mixed, to B only, to G only. I've donated $60 to the apparent Linksys sucker fund called the high gain antenna.

    I don't have a 2.4 ghz cordless phone but I do have a 5.8 ghz phone. There was no mention of them causing a problem, but I wouldn't know so I unplugged the base and pulled the battery from the handset. No difference. Is there any way to find out what the friggin problem is?

    Should I be updating to a firmware that allows boosting the transmit signal? I seem to get great signal, just no bandwidth. Should I be wondering if the laptop transmit strength is lousy? I can have the two one foot or forty foot apart with very little difference so I have a hard time blaming the laptop.

    The house I'm in is a 1000 sqft (25 X40) single story wood frame with basement. If this place can't be WLANed I don't think anything can. Help.
  2. Quizby

    Quizby LI Guru Member

    Found the problem over on DSLreports.com Hardware is working great. Windows' default RWIN is fine for LAN but way to small for WLAN. I'm getting full bandwidth now. And to think I almost spent a good chunk of change upgrading to wireless N.

    Check out the tweak tool and tweak tool FAQ at DSLreports.com if you are having the simular problems.
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