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Internet wireless connection runs real slow

by MacTexas / May 14, 2007 5:02 AM PDT

I have a brand new Toshiba A205 notebook running Vista. I have a network with a Linksys befw11s4 router. All other computers on the network (both XP and Apple OS 10) work just fine with their internet connection and are fast to load pages and download files. The new Toshiba sees the router with 5 bars but the internet pages in IE load very slow and the file download speed is real real slooooow.
I have been to the Toshiba website looking for information and downloaded the latest utilities/updates for vista from the site. Still having trouble.
Can anyone help lead me in the right direction?

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Please Describe Your Setup...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 14, 2007 9:24 AM PDT

Which version of Vista? How much RAM? (Probably not enough.)

Is there new firmware update for the router? Check their site.

Checked the Toshiba site for an updated ethernet or wireless adapater driver? If not there, check the ethernet or wireless card manufacturer's site for an updated driver.

Have you tried a different browser to see if it loads quicker.. Firefox works for most.

Hope this helps.


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Still slow
by MacTexas / May 14, 2007 10:36 AM PDT

Vista Home Premium, 2 gig ram
No new firmware for the router since 2004.

I downloaded the only wireless adapter update for Vista from the Toshiba site.

I can't get a different browser. I tried to load Firefox and the download time was 23 hours. That is my problem downloads are real slooow.

Thanks for the help but I am still at wits end.

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Your noted firmware since 2004 might be it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2007 12:35 PM PDT

Have you tried checking for newer? It's been an area that I've seen people dig in their heels on for whatever reason. They justify that other machines work fine and I've told our tech to just agree with them and sell them a new router. Those that have relented and updated the firmware often find it fixes it.

Which way are you going to go here?


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Latest firmware
by MacTexas / May 14, 2007 1:11 PM PDT

I have been to the Linksys site and the latest firmware was made available in 2004. I have the latest they offer.

I was hoping that someone that knows more about Vista than I do could steer me to a menu that I am overlooking with a software tweak that would help my problem.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Check the internet security software
by glb613 / May 14, 2007 8:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Latest firmware

that's installed. Norton or McAfee are usually factory installed and can cause problems.

I have a different Linksys wireless router and it works fine with my Vista notebook. I did have a slowdown while using Norton's Internet security and have since replaced it. I also disabled the anti-phishing feature with IE and use mainly Firefox.

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Now get wired.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2007 12:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Latest firmware

Sorry that the router model and version is absent. Maybe there is some setting that we could tweak but details are sparse in your posts.

Does the wired connection work OK?


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Router model absent?
by MacTexas / May 15, 2007 2:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Now get wired.

The router is a Linksys befw11s4, as I mentioned in my first post.

The wired connection works just fine.

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2005 Firmware Available??
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 15, 2007 3:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Router model absent?
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Anti virus
by r9c / May 15, 2007 11:17 AM PDT

If u have mcafee installed on ur vista laptop like mine,i suggestead u swithc it off or uninstalled like what i did before and the internet speed just took off.

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Thank you Thank you
by MacTexas / May 16, 2007 1:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Anti virus

Getting rid of the Mcafee and using firefox did the trick. Still not as fast as the XP laptop but it is acceptable.


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Wireless adapter drivers
by Igiveup2 / May 17, 2007 2:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you Thank you

You might want to check the version of your wireless adapter driver through your device manager and compare it with the latest versions for your adapter on the Intel website. I found that installing an updated driver from the Intel site increased wireless performance on a Toshiba Satellite A135 (Vista) significantly. That was with a Linksys a/b/g router. I'm not sure how it would work out with an older b router.

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This fixed it for me
by tolvunord / November 7, 2007 7:46 PM PST

Had this problem with a brand new Thinkpad running Vista... tried everything I found on google but nothing worked until I checked the power options in control panel. There I found the Wireless perfomance was set to maximum power saving for both when the computer was plugged in and running on batteries, when I changed this I got the same wireless speed as on my other laptop running xp.

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ThinkPad X61 -- same issue
by mmatuszak / November 29, 2007 9:16 AM PST
In reply to: This fixed it for me

I had the same problem on my Thinkpad, but I found that I did not have to resort to the High Performance option. Power Saver was good enough. It was the Energy Star option that slowed the internet down.

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