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download speed advice

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by spx, 1 Aug 2008.

  1. spx

    spx

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    Hi I have a Lynxsys WAG54G wireless router, when I log onto the adminstation pages for the router it says that the down load rate is Downstream Rate: 8128 Kbps, Upstream Rate: 448 Kbps.

    Which I assume is an 8mb connection, however when I run a speed test on my laptop the best I ever get is 2mb. My laptop is only a few feet away with no walls in the way.

    Am I actually getting 8mb at the router, if so how do I get my laptop/xbox to run with this speed?
     
  2. empip

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    Useful info.
    http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/IPprofile.htm

    My tests.

    From the top.
    Info from router.
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    Checked 'profile' BT ... 7000kb/sec ( 6200 a month or so ago ). Note tested d/load speed- notso hot...
    http://www.speedtester.bt.com/
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    Result from http://www.speedtest.net/
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    Result from http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html
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    Result from Opera browser download manager
    http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/5.10/ubuntu-5.10-live-i386.iso
    Downloading Ubuntu Live cd image.

    The final 'real' download maintained pace through to the end of the 627MB image at over 803 KB/sec ( 6424 kb/sec ) This was pretty close to thinkbroadband speed test.
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    We have two Notebooks wirelessly connected, even when registering low signal ( furthest from transmitter ) We achieve similar test readings at thinkbroadband as on the desktop which is wired to router.
    XP Pro + Home Hub
    All above tests were carried out sequentially a short while ago.

    Try this :-
    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=851918

    A useful site http://www.speedguide.net/

    -o-
     
  3. steveb1964

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    have u tried connecting your laptop to the router with a cat5 cable and seeing what speed you can get?
     
  4. akthar

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    I don't believe that the wireless connection speed is at fault here. The connection is 8mbit and I would very surprised if you connecting to the wireless at less than 24mbit.

    You have to remember that the 8mb is shared at a contention of sometimes 50-1. If you are a heavy user, the ISP may put you on the same ADSL circuit as all the other heavy users.

    The best way to tell if you are getting 8mb is to try to download a file from one of the fileshare sites like rapidshare etc.

    8mbit should give you around 700-750kbps download.
     
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