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Good Connection, Low Speed

by Kellard / February 10, 2008 12:00 AM PST

Me again. -_-

With the new Lynksys WRT54GS router and Lynksys CM100 modem, all the computers and the Xbox have good connections, and for the first 2 days or so, the speed was great. My wife did a speed test and this computer, connected wirelessly, was clocked at 2600kps. Personally, I think that's fantastic.

Later, however, she was having trouble and decided to test again. 160kps. Significantly less fantastic. Prior to coming here to post, I was downloading a game via FlashGet, a 956mb game, and it was only at 46%. I started downloading before I went to bed, so that's not great. With 4-5 signal bars, shouldn't I be getting faster download speeds than 20kps? Especially considering I was going at close to 15x faster the first couple of days? -_-

It's the other computers and the Xbox, too.. I can still connect to big Halo games, but it lags the startup and everyone I play is staring at the sky, spinning in circles. Makes my stats look great killing all of those unmanned players, but it's not as fun as it could be. >_<

Any ideas? Love

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Did you try
by PudgyOne / February 10, 2008 1:38 AM PST

Updating the firmware in the wireless router
Broadcast SSID
Use WPA security

mixed b and g mode(n if applicable)

use channels 1, 6 or 11. Most devices work better on these channels.


Rick

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I'll try it
by Kellard / February 10, 2008 4:45 AM PST
In reply to: Did you try

As soon as I look up what those mean, I'll give it a shot.

On a seperate note, I wasn't anticipating my smilie to look like that... It disturbs me.

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I'll try to make this easier
by PudgyOne / February 10, 2008 5:39 AM PST
In reply to: I'll try it

Download the firmware for the wireless router here

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_CASupport_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1166859761879&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper&lid=6187937314B352

Log in to your wireless router.

Change the SSID name(this will make it easier to connect)

Broadcast your SSID

Change the security to WPA security.

Enter a passkey/password

Now go and look for mixed mode b and g(n id applicable)

Change to channel 1, 6 or 11. Most devices, xBox and other items work better on these channels..

Hit save and exit.

Restart your computer.

You'll now have to go to each computer and look for available networks, then connect. It will prompt you for a passkey/password.

Everything should stay connected, with little dropping on your network, because the only ones on your network will be the ones you give the passkey/password to.

You will see some speed changes when someone is downloading a larger file, but only if everyone else is also doing this. I suspect that if your network wasn't secure, someone else was also using it. Also most wireless routers sit in the warehouse for months before they get sold. The firmware gets outdated and the best fix is to get the latest firmware.

More tips can be found here

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?forumID=62&threadID=264135&messageID=2584349


Rick

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WEP vs. WPA
by Kellard / February 10, 2008 6:59 AM PST

Does it make a difference whether I use WEP or WPA?

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Yes, WEP can be hacked
by PudgyOne / February 10, 2008 7:13 AM PST
In reply to: WEP vs. WPA

WPA is more secure. Some devices won't work with WEP, they only work with WPA.


Rick

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Good News
by Kellard / February 11, 2008 4:29 AM PST
In reply to: Yes, WEP can be hacked

1500.0 Kbps Cable/DSL 1.5Mbps
1544.0 Kbps Full T1 1.544Mbps
2693.1 Kbps - You 2693.1 kbps
3000.0 Kbps N x T1 3.0Mbps
^Courtesy of cnet's bandwidth test

Needless to say, Rick, I think that did the trick. I did a little research and used the AES encryption with the WPA security. I didn't download a firmware update, though.. I read somewhere that improper installation of firmware can render your hardware useless and it scared me. xD The good news, though, is that before I changed the security to WPA from WEP, 3 computers connected wirelessly were running at less than 200kbps, and now they all run at 2100kbps+. Happy

In otherwords, thank you. Happy Now people think I'm smart.

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I'm glad you got it fixed.
by PudgyOne / February 11, 2008 9:44 AM PST
In reply to: Good News

If you have some problems with getting disconnected, then the firmware upgrade would be the only thing to do.


Rick

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