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Old 06-06-09, 10:26 AM   #1
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My desktop computer is connected by cable directly to the Internet. My laptop connects wirelessly to the same router that feeds the desktop. After running speed tests on both computers, I noticed that I get speeds about twice as fast with the desktop as on the laptop. Is it normal to lose all this speed simply by virtue of going wireless? Or could there be some software on the laptop that is slowing it down? I keep it pretty clean in terms of malware, so I don't think it's a spyware issue.

Also, I connect my laptop to an ethernet cable at work, and my connection there is extremely slow. (Around 0.3 MB/s, as I recall). The IT guy plugged in his laptop with the same cable and got speeds twice as fast as mine. So I must have something going on with my laptop that is slowing my connection speed. Any suggestions appreciated!
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Try disabling your WLAN adapter and connecting it with the ethernet to your router. Run a speedtest. If its the same, its probably software related (since the desktop works fine). If its faster, its either your routers wireless or the WLAN adapter.

If thats the case, try doing a firmware upgrade on the router followed by a factory reset and see how that works...

Also, what ISP do you have and what brand/model is your router.
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Try disabling your WLAN adapter and connecting it with the ethernet to your router. Run a speedtest. If its the same, its probably software related (since the desktop works fine). If its faster, its either your routers wireless or the WLAN adapter.

If thats the case, try doing a firmware upgrade on the router followed by a factory reset and see how that works...

Also, what ISP do you have and what brand/model is your router.
Thanks for the suggestions! When connecting my laptop directly to the ethernet cable, my speeds match my desktop. I think the problem lies with my router, because I get the slow speeds when connecting wirelessly with my wife's laptop, too.

My ISP is Verizon FIOS. They gave me an Actiontec 4 Port Wireless, Model: MI424WR-C, Firmware Version: 4.0.16.1.55.0.10.4.3. Is that something I can upgrade at their website?
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Working for an ISP, I will tell you this... Do not use any wireless routers issued by an ISP - they are all junk, that you're probably being charged for.

Go out and buy yourself a decent Wireless N router.
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I didn't even know Verizon would let me do that. Thanks for the tip!
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i didn't even know Verizon would let me do that. Thanks for the movis
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