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Help me learn about router speeds?

by hrader / August 16, 2006 3:55 PM PDT

I have Bellsouth DSL and I believe my speed is 256 Kbps/128 Kbps. I know it's slow. I have a netgear 802.11b wireless router. When I use the wireless connection, the speed is VERY slow. I can't even open some web sites. When I plug directly into the ethernet the speed is fine. Will upgrading to a 802.11g router improve my wireless speed or would I need to upgrade my DSL service? The tech support at bellsouth said a router upgrade may not help, saying that since my ISP speed is only 267 Kbps, I am not using the full capability of my 802.11b (11 mbps) router. I am hoping that switching to a 802.11 g router will solve my problems. I am so confused, please help.

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I'll write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2006 10:37 PM PDT

So little is known about your setup and components that it might not be the router but something else. Your choice to share the complete picture.


PS. I have a 802.11b limited laptop and it's great. So it's not the 802.11b speed to the internet that's the issue there.

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I have an interest here as well
by shmay7 / August 17, 2006 1:52 PM PDT

I have just begun to research a problem for my aunt. She has a 4 month old Toshiba laptop (that's all the info I have until next week). I do not have any details as to the actual setup. She does have hi-speed through Comcast and a 2.4ghz 802.11g router. However, her internet speeds are painfully slow, and quite often, standard pages will not load. I also have not determined what her "hi-speed" entails. The one thing that I did do is brought her laptop to my house, which is connected with Quest broadband, and the speed was incredible. So my deduction is that the problem lies with the router or her service.

With limited information from myself and the prior poster, is it possible that a 256 kbps/128 kbps speed would be the factor in providing this dreadful service? It seems to me that that would be enough power for normal pages to load (with nothing else significant running on the computer).

I will retieve more information next week and seek detailed answers, after providing detailed information.

Thank you.

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