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Topic # 25332 18-Aug-2008 20:55
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I just recently bought a usb tp-link wireless card to connect to my router. Before this, I connected to my router through a network cable and got broadband speeds of up to 5500 kb/s. With the wireless card I'm getting speeds up to 800 kb/s ! The signal strength is 100% though. Any ideas on how to troubleshoot this?

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  Reply # 157830 18-Aug-2008 21:31
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That sounds like something's very wrong.

54mb/s wireless should usually be able to outperform any ADSL connection no matter what's happening.  Even 802.11b at 11mb/s will be faster than your 5500kbps that you were getting.

Check your settings in the access point configuration - 800kbps sounds like your device is connecting to the AP at 1mbps instead of higher speeds.  This can be for several reasons;  (1)  the devices are negotiating the best quality link possible and the preferred connection/quality is picking up 1meg.  (2) you're getting tons of wifi/2.4ghz interference from around your environment.  (3) the connecting cable between your AP and your router is having ethernet issues.

If your AP and router are the same unit (eliminating 3 as a possibility), check & recheck your settings.  Download netstumbler (google for it) and run that on your PC/Laptop and it'll tell you how many other wifi access points it can see around you.

802.11b/g (Wifi) Channel's 1, 6 & 11 do not overlap and cause interferance between them - your access point is probably going to be set to channel 6 as a lot of AP's come with CH6 as default - if netstumbler shows lots of other wifi around you choose another channel as far away from the others as possible.

Lastly, power cables in the wall can & will affect your reception - try and keep your access point up as high as possible, and at least 1m away from any solid metal objects (filing cabinets etc) - don't have your AP under the desk sitting on a bundle of power and lan cables.

Good luck.


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  Reply # 157901 19-Aug-2008 09:02
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Channel 13 is the best channel to use - although a lot of cheaper equipment does not let you use it.  USA regulations limit you to channels 1-11, however NZ follows the ETSI standards, permitting channels 1-13.  1, 7, 13 will actually give you the best seperation.  You do still get adjacent channel interference, you can just minimise it.

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