I have recently noticed that my download speed has reduced, a lot. It used to be fine, like using an Ethernet cable with 1 - 1.5 megabyte/s download speeds but lately its been really low, like 40 kilobytes/s. My wireless status says: 'excellent 54 megabits/s' and I'm not sure what's wrong, I'm using a TP-Link TL-WN350GD 54Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter.
No, my router is fine, if I use a cable or my mums laptop i get good download speeds, so its my wireless card, but if it has a good connection to the router, surely the download speeds would be better but i dont get good download speeds
As 961 has stated the download speed to the router will not be the same as your wireless connection to it. You will invariably get a better speed connecting by cable to a router than wirelessly. There are a number of factors that can affect wireless speed eg distance from router, layout of house, channel being used, how many are sharing it and whether b,g or n standard. I see that your card is a b,g only. What is your router? Is it n standard and your mum's laptop also n?
But surely with a connection faster than what my ISP provides I should get the max download speed that I can in my area?
My router is a DSL-2640R, and it came with our Internet package, im not sure what my mums laptop has but it was what was standard with a dell inspiron 5000 series or something, im not to sure, also what's bg only?