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Linksys Router WRT54G Help!!

by jaamja / July 21, 2006 2:46 AM PDT

Dear sirs:

Two days ago we bought a Linksys Router Model WRT54G and since installation the maximun speed in our laptop is 11 Mbps.

We live in a two stories well built house, the DSL and the router are in the second floor next to our table PC. We use our laptop in the first floor.

We tried changing the router channels, moving the laptop around the first floor of the house but so far no use.

We would appreciate very much, any suggestions about how to improve the speed on our laptop.

Thank you.

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Are you using 802.11b or 802.11g?
by John.Wilkinson / July 21, 2006 4:30 AM PDT

The router can handle both 802.11g (theoretical maximum of 54Mbps) and 802.11b (theoretical maximum of 11Mbps) sounds like you are using the latter instead of the former. First, check your laptop's specs and find out if it is capable of handling 802.11g...if not, there's your problem. The resolution would be to purchase a wireless networking card for it that does support the newer standard/faster speed. If the laptop is capable, check the router settings and see if it's utilizing just 802.11b...if so, you'll need to enable 802.11g as well.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks John Answers.......
by jaamja / July 22, 2006 7:01 AM PDT

How can I find out about if my laptop can handle 802.11g? The router is set to 802.11g




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Check the specs...
by John.Wilkinson / July 22, 2006 2:30 PM PDT

If it's not mentioned in the owner's manual (should be, though) then you can go to the manufacturer's website and search for the detailed specs of your computer. With your connection maxing out at 11Mbps I'm betting that's it.


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Thanks John. Question?
by jaamja / July 22, 2006 8:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Check the specs...


I travel quite often and always use the laptop via wireless at airports and hotels with no trouble and at high speed.
Could the problem be our house and the way it is build?

Thanks again.


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It's possible...
by John.Wilkinson / July 23, 2006 6:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks John. Question?

Any physical obstruction could have a negative impact on the reception of the signal, and thus result in a reduction of speed. One simple way to find out is to take the laptop upstairs into the same room as the router and see if you get a strong signal and high speeds.

My final thought, besides an underperforming router, is the NIC in the desktop PC...if it's only rated at 10Mbps that would explain a lower speed when connecting to it.


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Thanks again for your help.
by jaamja / July 23, 2006 6:43 PM PDT
In reply to: It's possible...

Upstairs the signal is excellent and the speed 54Mbps.
We will try to get a different router.
Thanks for your help and your time.
We will keep in touch.



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