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Wireless internet it so slow. Whats wrong?

by dfalk / July 19, 2005 2:55 PM PDT

I live in an apartment complex that has 6 units. They provide free wireless internet for us. Im not exactly sure what service it is but i think its satelittle from direcway, but I could be wrong. Anyways I connect at 11 Mbps and get a good, to very good signal 99% of the time. The thing is it that it is so slow. I feel like im surfing the web on 56K dialup. What could be making it so slow? i checked the workgroup and theres only 1 only computer connected, so i doubt it could be using all the bandwith. Any ideas what I can do to improve speed?

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It's this simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2005 11:02 PM PDT

Let's say someone has nothing but 802.11b in said wifi network with 6 units. Remember that wifi is half-duplex at best speed of 11 megabit. If someone is a bit further out, their connection may degrade the network to about 1 megabit and then that is split 6 ways.

All this is nice and all, but the fix is to upgrade the WAP to 802.11g, lock out 802.11b use and it will get better. However, one P2P user and everyone suffers again.

In closing, the "workgroup" display in windows was not a good test of how many users are on the wifi network.


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That wont work
by dfalk / July 20, 2005 4:19 PM PDT
In reply to: It's this simple.

Sounds like it would work, but not for me. I dont have any access to the WAP and therefore i cant upgrade ir from b to g. Any other ideas?

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Improve your connection is all that's left.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 20, 2005 9:28 PM PDT
In reply to: That wont work

You can't change the network, control that P2P use so you can build a better antenna (for free.)

Look up


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RE: Free
by Alan Copeland / July 22, 2005 2:54 AM PDT

I went there, did that and doubled my line and signal. Looks tacky, but pretty is as pretty does.

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This fixed it for me....
by aplusconn / May 22, 2006 2:55 PM PDT

Ok, I tried for about 2 months to mess with different encryptions and channels to stop interference from wireless phones and my microwave etc... Here is waht fixed it so far... You take and change the channel you broadcast on to channel 9. This stop interference from a phone. next, MOVE YOUR SUBWOOFER(if you have one) AWAY FROM YOUR WIRELESS CARD. I found that that boosted my signal through the roof...
Also, go to the wireless connections window, click change the order of wireless networks, and then uncheck the, use windows to configure my wireless... box. You need to re-check it everytime you want to connect though...

Good luck

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Internet to Slow
by doreene1946 / June 10, 2008 3:29 AM PDT

I went from a Dlink Wired Router to a Belkin Wireless Router. Since then my internet connection to my computer has been slow and have problem connecting to web sites. My son is using the wireless on his laptop with the same router and doing find. When I look at the connection, it still shows the the Dlink connection. I tried to reload the Belkin disc and loaded ok, but didn't change the connection. Any suggestions what to do next?

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Problem Fixed
by doreene1946 / June 12, 2008 3:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Internet to Slow

Finally to the cableman out to look at it. I was plugged into a Radio Shack serger with my modem. It does not have any protection. the modem piked up all the noise and caused my modem to slow down.

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wirless promblem
by londondude / September 10, 2010 4:33 AM PDT

hey dear i got promblem in my wirless internet i use home shre wirless net 6 perople use alredy and evey one have good singel laptop and my laptop did not catch its catch but some people whn they use the speed is very slow before we have bt broband like net tht was very nice abd we use virgin one net its not good my laptop my other people use nice can u slove my prom plz i am using dell laptop D26 window xp thnks

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This old thread is now closed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2010 12:12 AM PDT

Please make new posts since this old thread is now closed.

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