WRT54GS : Massive speed drop out

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by tianna, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. tianna

    tianna Network Guru Member

    Hi guys/gals

    I bought the following today:

    WRT54GS 54mbps (speedbooster) Linksys router (V4)
    Firmware Version : v1.05.3
    Hardware Version 2.00
    with a usb2.0 network adaptor

    I currently have/am using 10mb TW broadband, but after setting up everything (wifi), i seem to be getting the same old (500-700KB/s) speed that i got with my 4 year old router! lol. If i connect direct without router or wired, it is fine.
    The router is directly below me and signal strenth is 95% Im using a channel with 2.462GHz. On blueyonder newsgroups, i seem to be getting 150KB/s. I know i will never achieve the full BW advertised via wireless, but achieving only half the 10mb speed is pretty poor on a 54mbps router.

    Was wondering do i need to change the standard firmware to a custom made firmware to get better speeds? Im new to the "router-scene", so im not sure what all these different firmwares are about!
    Is there any specific settings i should be using i.e mtu, firewall etc? Or is this a common unresolved problem?

    Thx as always :)
  2. will792

    will792 Network Guru Member

    It might sound counterintuitive but try to disable Speedbooster.

    Also check noise level with some tool (NetStumbler is one). If your strong signal is not much higher than noise it would not do any good. The really important characteristic is Signal to Noise ratio.

    You should get 20-22 Mbps in ideal conditions for G connection.
  3. tianna

    tianna Network Guru Member

    hey thanks for the reply mate..appreciate it.
    I did a noise test, and the attachments shows a picture of the results - i dont know how to interpret it, so if you dont mind..

    By the way would you know how to disable speedbooster, im not sure if u can actually do this.

  4. tianna

    tianna Network Guru Member

  5. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    I am a bit lost here. You bought a Linksys WRT54GS v4 with a hardware v2. I know v4 is written underneath the router, but hardware v2 seems to be found nowhere unless it is written somewhere inside the router. So, where did you see the hardware v2?
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    he mosst likely is using the susyinfo.htm which is useless, he must go by his serial number to find out what version of router he has.
  7. tianna

    tianna Network Guru Member

    hmm i remember clickin on a link which showed me the hardware version. It maybe wrong :p

    Can anyone confirm whether i have "noise issues" please :p i spent quite a bit of money on the router , usb etc... will (2nd post) said i should be gettin 20-25mbps...but im getting more like 1mbps
  8. MattLL

    MattLL Network Guru Member

    What type of network adapter are you using?

    I was using a WUSB54GS network adapter and It would never hold at 54 Mbps. It would drop to 1 Mbps in 15 minutes of being in use.
  9. tianna

    tianna Network Guru Member

    yeh, im using the same adapter, damn shitty device !
  10. Valmor

    Valmor Network Guru Member

    This may sound like a dumb question, but are you sure your USB ports are 2.0?
  11. tianna

    tianna Network Guru Member

    hehe dumb or not dumb, i appreciate your thought!
    Yep, im using usb 2.0 :)

    thankd for the reply mate
  12. MattLL

    MattLL Network Guru Member

    I tried using the WUSB54GS on a 2.0 usb port too see if the same problem exsistid and I still had the same problem of it droping to 1Mbps.

    I discovered its when it gets hot it drops out. I have a little 6 pack cooler and I tossed the adapter in it with an ice pack and it would stay between 11 and 24Mbps. But as soon as I took it out it would get hot and drop again.

    I replaced it with a free WMP54G pci card and it stays at a steady 54Mbps.only droping with a large download sometimes.

    I Can't return the adapter because I got it as the package deal with the router so I am stuck with it.
  13. tianna

    tianna Network Guru Member

    bah lol. I jus spent £120 buying the router, laptop card, and this usb junk. Mite have to fork out some more cash :(
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