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Painfully slow wireless network
show user profile  Westcoast13
I got my new computer a couple of weeks ago and its all fine. Except the internet is shockingly slow.

I have a laptop that picks up my wireless internet and speed is as usual. But the new desktop machine is so slow. Although it says the signal strength is about 70%.

I have a suspicion that i have a shit wireless card, its a Realtek 8185. Has anyone else got this card, and is it probably a good idea to upgrade?

Would a USB one be better/worse/same?

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3/16/2009 11:45:23 AM (last edit: 3/16/2009 11:45:23 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
what sort of protection are you running on the machine?..
IE7 Phishing filter does not help, and if you combine this with something like a big norton 360 protection package, it can seriously slow your web-browsing down.
Ive seen this happen with both Norton 360 and PC-cillin.
It happens because everytime you type in a web address, Phishing filters, Link Scanners and whatnot, has to check a list of websites to see if its safe. And on certain systems that just causes too much conflict, resulting in 10-30 second waits for a page to start loading.

I assume you mean you have a wireless router (you said wireless internet, but I assume you are not paying for two Wifi/3G connections)

Anyway, under the status page for your wireless connection, you should be able to see what speed it is connected at, (as in Megabits, not just signal strength). Even though most wireless setups are 54Mb and up these days, a poor connection can occasionally drop to something like 1Mb. This will often be caused by too great a distance or interfering objects, like kitchen appliances and such.
And even though it might say 54Mb, you can try copying files from one machine to the other to determine if that is true (mine says 54Mb on both machines but it is actually running at about 10Mb)

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3/16/2009 12:50:36 PM (last edit: 3/16/2009 12:50:36 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
I am running AVG 8 as my virus software, i think the laptop has AVG 7.5 and runs with no problems.

I have also bveen using firefox as i found on my new system, ie crashes after a few page loads.

It is a wireless router that i have, sorry i wasn't so clear about that!

The signal strength and link quality are around 70% which in the past has been fine, i can't think of anything that has changed, but sometimes it seems ok, and sometimes its so slow it just times out. :(

I'm at work now, but i will check out the speed later on. Thanks for your reply mate.

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3/17/2009 1:18:35 AM (last edit: 3/17/2009 3:20:10 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
I run AVG8 myself, and haven't really experienced any problems with it.

Just for kicks, try disabling the linkscanner function in AVG 8.

The fact that IE crashes doesn't seem like a good sign. You can see what you have running under the options for managing IE plugins (additional features or whatever they're called in English)
The adobe reader/helper plugin will often cause IE to crash (I shit you not, this thing sucks) so disable it, and everything else you do not use on the list.

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3/17/2009 2:28:46 AM (last edit: 3/17/2009 2:28:46 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
What kind of range would you expect from a normal PCI wireless card? I can't help but suspect the new hardware!

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3/17/2009 3:21:41 AM (last edit: 3/17/2009 3:21:41 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
I know my basic router is listed as 300m in open country and 50m indoors. The open outdoors might be true, but indoors its more like 15m in each direction (so I can have two computers with 30m between them). An N/MIMO router will have a bit more than that.

if you have Vista on one of your computers its real easy to see how fast the computers transfer data between them, if you only have XP its a bit more tricky, but you can see how much of the network capacity is being used under the task managers Network tab.

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3/17/2009 6:23:00 AM (last edit: 3/17/2009 6:23:00 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Right, i'm guessing my lounge is about 5m long, not quite 50m, so the range shouldnt be the problem!

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3/17/2009 7:06:17 AM (last edit: 3/17/2009 7:06:17 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Thanks for your help TiMoN, i (hopefully) have sorted the problem. I went on to the settigns for the router and changed the band from 1 to 6, now (fingers crossed) all my problems have gone. Thought i'd post incase it helps someone else with the same problem!

Right, where's that Datsun model....

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3/18/2009 12:55:47 AM (last edit: 3/18/2009 12:55:47 AM)
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