Bad download speeds with wireless, even with a good connection

  Pringles6990 13:28 22 Apr 2011

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.

Any ideas?


  rdave13 15:14 22 Apr 2011

Try running speedtest to check what download speeds you're getting. More info here dslreports

  Pringles6990 15:55 22 Apr 2011

I have, many times, my download speed is usually about 0.7 Mbps when I check, the same as my upload >.<

  woodchip 16:13 22 Apr 2011

Turn your router of for about 1 minute. then turn it back on to make a new connection

  spuds 18:45 22 Apr 2011

Then try a ping test link text

  961 19:24 22 Apr 2011

You are confusing wireless speeds with download speeds via your router from the internet

Go here and read through the site

  Pringles6990 02:20 23 Apr 2011

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

  kidsis 14:49 23 Apr 2011

on the problem computer, if you try in safe mode with networking does the speed improve?

  Woolwell 18:15 23 Apr 2011

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?

  Pringles6990 03:51 25 Apr 2011

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?

  woodchip 09:42 25 Apr 2011

Try downloading and running TCP Optimizer, Make a backup of your settings first using the program, before you optimize using the default settings.

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