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Should wireless be this slow

By ptitterington
Mar 8, 2003
  1. The first time I connected to broadband it appeared awesome, I downloaded some big files really fast.

    My worry is now everything is about the same speed as the 56k modem.

    I also have some odd settings, under network connections I have 1394 connection
    Enabled
    1394 net adapter #2



    Local area connection
    Enabled Firewalled
    Belkin 11mbps Wireless


    Virtual Private Network

    To Vigor
    Disconnected
    WAN miniport (PPTP)


    I have run a speed tester online and it says I compare with a 56k modem.

    I am using a Dray Tek Vigor 2600 WE adsl series router and at the moment 2 machines are using the internet connection directly.

    If this is usual I must say for the cost its rather disappointing.

    Thanks any help appreciated.

    Also.

    My daughter has a laptop that she uses for school with a different make of wireless card. It appears not to detect my network, do I need to get a different card for home use or are there settings that can be added that will not mess up the school settings.
     
  2. conradguerrero

    conradguerrero TS Rookie Posts: 357

    Which standard is your Belkin 11mbps Wireless? Is it 802.11a or b or g? 'a' is not compatible with 'b' or 'g', which may be why your other laptop cannot detect the network.

    your bottleneck is your wireless network, a wired connection is prefered esp. 100mbps and up. even if you have identical speeds, a wired network is still faster because wireless networks send out an 'ack' or acknowlodgment frame after every frame received (increases latency).
     
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