Wireless Speed

  Alexx_B 13:48 23 Aug 2008


I use a wireles laptop for most online work. I have recently found out that a wireless connection can be slower than a connection through a cable.
Is there anyway of finding out what speed connection I am getting through wireless? Clicking on the 2 screens in the bottome right corner gives the name of the router and signal strength, but no actual speed.
I will be investing in a cable soon, but I am still interested in knowing what speed I am getting through wireless.


  ambra4 14:58 23 Aug 2008

With a hard wire system the LAN card connect speed at 100Mbps

The wireless system connect speed can fluctuate between 0Mbps -54Mbps depending on the

distance, amount and thickness of walls, quality of signal, interference from electrical and

electronics equipment etc

You will always get a better connect speed using a hard wire system

To find the wireless connect speed just put the mouse pointer on the wireless icon in the task bar

  Alexx_B 15:20 23 Aug 2008

Thanks, I didn't really know any details about wireless, I assumed it was the same or slightly better as connection through a wire. I now know thats wrong :)

Wireless Icon in the task bar? Where is that?

My icons on the bottom right are (from left to right)
Dell Support Center,
Dell Webcam Manager,
Norton 360,
Dell QuickSet,
Google Desktop,
Windows SideBar,
Dell Touch Pad,
Battery Level,
Connected to (with name of router and connection quality, not strength)

Have I missed it somewhere?

  zarobian 15:31 23 Aug 2008

Click on this link:-

click here

  ambra4 16:19 23 Aug 2008

To show the wireless connection icon in the task bar do the following

Click –Start – Setting – Network Connection – Right Click – Wireless Network Connection – Click - Properties

At the bottom of display Tick “Show Icon in Notification Area When Connected”

  Alexx_B 19:35 23 Aug 2008

I click "Start", but there is no "setting". Tried "Control Panel" but I can't find "Network Connection". I think I am lost.

  ambra4 20:24 23 Aug 2008

Sorry the setting was for XP was not sure what OS you were using

One of the reason I don’t use Vista it just a pain to find any thing not like XP

How to Quickly Open Network Connections List in Windows Vista

click here

Restore Missing Items in Windows Vista Control Panel

click here

  OnAir77 18:29 25 Apr 2011

You can always start a speed test.

  woodchip 18:45 25 Apr 2011

My HP Laptop used to be about half the speed on wireless of one of my Desktops connected by Ethernet. I used TCP Optimizer and it brought it to near enough same speed as Desktop.

link text

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Honor 9 Lite review

How Social Media has Propelled Political Graphic Design and Art in the Last Decade

The best kids apps for iPhone & iPad 2018

HomePod d’Apple : date de sortie, prix et fiche technique