Wireless connection speed continuely changes

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by tek, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. tek

    tek Guest

    I have a Dell Vostro 1000 notebook. It has a built-in wireless 802.11g
    (54Mbps) network card. I connect to my Linksys WRT54G router
    configured with WEP. All is fine except this one thing. From time to
    time I've noticed the connection speed go from 54Mbps down to 11Mbps
    and back up and then back down. This happens whether I making Internet
    connections or not. I played around with different channels but the
    same thing happens. What can I do to make the speed constant at 54Mbps?
     
    tek, Jan 3, 2008
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  2. tek

    Barb Bowman Guest

    First, WEP is not safe. You should use WPA2 or at least WPA for
    security. WEP is like locking your house and leaving the key under
    the mat.

    Second, be sure you have the latest firmware for your router and set
    it to G only.

    If there is 2.4GHz interference from other networks, cordless
    phones, etc., this can impact connectivity.

    On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 08:14:29 -0800 (PST), tek <>
    wrote:

    >I have a Dell Vostro 1000 notebook. It has a built-in wireless 802.11g
    >(54Mbps) network card. I connect to my Linksys WRT54G router
    >configured with WEP. All is fine except this one thing. From time to
    >time I've noticed the connection speed go from 54Mbps down to 11Mbps
    >and back up and then back down. This happens whether I making Internet
    >connections or not. I played around with different channels but the
    >same thing happens. What can I do to make the speed constant at 54Mbps?

    --

    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    http://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/
     
    Barb Bowman, Jan 3, 2008
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  3. tek

    tek Guest

    On Jan 3, 11:43 am, Barb Bowman <> wrote:
    > First, WEP is not safe. You should use WPA2 or at least WPA for
    > security. WEP is like locking your house and leaving the key under
    > the mat.
    >
    > Second, be sure you have the latest firmware for your router and set
    > it to G only.
    >
    > If there is 2.4GHz interference from other networks, cordless
    > phones, etc., this can impact connectivity.
    >
    > On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 08:14:29 -0800 (PST), tek <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >I have a Dell Vostro 1000 notebook. It has a built-in wireless 802.11g
    > >(54Mbps) network card. I connect to my Linksys WRT54G router
    > >configured with WEP.  All is fine except this one thing. From time to
    > >time I've noticed the connection speed go from 54Mbps down to 11Mbps
    > >and back up and then back down. This happens whether I making Internet
    > >connections or not. I played around with different channels but the
    > >same thing happens. What can I do to make the speed constant at 54Mbps?

    >
    > --
    >
    > Barb Bowman
    > MS Windows-MVPhttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspxhttp://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/


    For home/office, WEP is enough. It's enough of a deterrent for my
    neighborhood hackers. :) I'm not pushing anything sensitive across
    the Internet. And I'm also using MAC filtering for the wireless
    router. The other things are set properly. The question is if
    encryption effects connection speed. I did some testing and found that
    after turning WEP off the wireless connection from the Dell laptop
    still fluctuated up and down. So it must be an equipment issue between
    the Dell wireless card and the Linksys router. From a desktop machine
    on my LAN which has a Linksys wireless card the connection speed is
    constant at 54Mbps.
     
    tek, Jan 4, 2008
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  4. tek

    Barb Bowman Guest

    I strongly disagree with your feelings on security, but it is your
    data and info that is at risk.

    what NIC is in the Dell? post the output of ipconfig /all

    http://digitalmediaphile.wordpress.com/ipconfig-all-how-to-get-text-output/



    On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 20:40:12 -0800 (PST), tek <>
    wrote:

    >For home/office, WEP is enough. It's enough of a deterrent for my
    >neighborhood hackers. :) I'm not pushing anything sensitive across
    >the Internet. And I'm also using MAC filtering for the wireless
    >router. The other things are set properly. The question is if
    >encryption effects connection speed. I did some testing and found that
    >after turning WEP off the wireless connection from the Dell laptop
    >still fluctuated up and down. So it must be an equipment issue between
    >the Dell wireless card and the Linksys router. From a desktop machine
    >on my LAN which has a Linksys wireless card the connection speed is
    >constant at 54Mbps.

    --

    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    http://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/
     
    Barb Bowman, Jan 4, 2008
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  5. tek

    tek Guest

    On Jan 4, 6:43 am, Barb Bowman <> wrote:
    > I strongly disagree with your feelings on security, but it is your
    > data and info that is at risk.
    >
    > what NIC is in the Dell? post the output of ipconfig /all
    >
    > http://digitalmediaphile.wordpress.com/ipconfig-all-how-to-get-text-o...
    >
    > On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 20:40:12 -0800 (PST), tek <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >For home/office, WEP is enough. It's enough of a deterrent for my
    > >neighborhood hackers. :) I'm not pushing anything sensitive across
    > >the Internet. And I'm also using MAC filtering for the wireless
    > >router. The other things are set properly. The question is if
    > >encryption effects connection speed. I did some testing and found that
    > >after turning WEP off the wireless connection from the Dell laptop
    > >still fluctuated up and down. So it must be an equipment issue between
    > >the Dell wireless card and the Linksys router. From a desktop machine
    > >on my LAN which has a Linksys wireless card the connection speed is
    > >constant at 54Mbps.

    >
    > --
    >
    > Barb Bowman
    > MS Windows-MVPhttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspxhttp://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/


    ipconfig /all
    ...
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated
    Controller
     
    tek, Jan 4, 2008
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  6. tek

    tek Guest

    On Jan 4, 9:26 am, tek <> wrote:
    > On Jan 4, 6:43 am, Barb Bowman <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > I strongly disagree with your feelings on security, but it is your
    > > data and info that is at risk.

    >
    > > what NIC is in the Dell? post the output of ipconfig /all

    >
    > >http://digitalmediaphile.wordpress.com/ipconfig-all-how-to-get-text-o...

    >
    > > On Thu, 3 Jan 2008 20:40:12 -0800 (PST), tek <>
    > > wrote:

    >
    > > >For home/office, WEP is enough. It's enough of a deterrent for my
    > > >neighborhood hackers. :) I'm not pushing anything sensitive across
    > > >the Internet. And I'm also using MAC filtering for the wireless
    > > >router. The other things are set properly. The question is if
    > > >encryption effects connection speed. I did some testing and found that
    > > >after turning WEP off the wireless connection from the Dell laptop
    > > >still fluctuated up and down. So it must be an equipment issue between
    > > >the Dell wireless card and the Linksys router. From a desktop machine
    > > >on my LAN which has a Linksys wireless card the connection speed is
    > > >constant at 54Mbps.

    >
    > > --

    >
    > > Barb Bowman
    > > MS Windows-MVPhttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx...

    >
    > ipconfig /all
    > ...
    > Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated
    > Controller- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -



    Oops! I forgot to switch back to the wireless connection. Wrong
    adaptor. Here's the correct name.

    > ipconfig /all

    ...
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card
     
    tek, Jan 4, 2008
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  7. tek

    Barb Bowman Guest

    the full output, please

    see
    http://digitalmediaphile.wordpress.com/ipconfig-all-how-to-get-text-output/
    for instructions

    you should also try changing the channel on the router.
    are you broadcasting the SSID? if not, please turn it on.

    On Fri, 4 Jan 2008 06:26:37 -0800 (PST), tek <>
    wrote:

    >ipconfig /all
    >...
    >Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated
    >Controller

    --

    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspx
    http://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/
     
    Barb Bowman, Jan 4, 2008
    #7
  8. tek

    tek Guest

    On Jan 4, 9:47 am, Barb Bowman <> wrote:
    > the full output, please
    >
    > seehttp://digitalmediaphile.wordpress.com/ipconfig-all-how-to-get-text-o....
    > for instructions
    >
    > you should also try changing the channel on the router.
    > are you broadcasting the SSID? if not, please turn it on.
    >
    > On Fri, 4 Jan 2008 06:26:37 -0800 (PST), tek <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >ipconfig /all
    > >...
    > >Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated
    > >Controller

    >
    > --
    >
    > Barb Bowman
    > MS Windows-MVPhttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/bowman.mspxhttp://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/



    Solution: changing the adaptor's hardware configuration from the
    device properties.
    antenna diversity=aux
    power save mode=disabled
    rate=54

    Now my connection speed is stabe at 54Mbps.
     
    tek, Jan 4, 2008
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  9. tek

    Barb Bowman Guest

    Barb Bowman, Jan 5, 2008
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  10. tek

    tek Guest

    On Jan 4, 7:07 pm, Barb Bowman <> wrote:
    > thanks for the update.
    >



    Hey, no problem. Thanks for reading through my mudderings. ;-) BTW,
    now that I solved the adaptor connection problem I went head and set
    my wireless network back to using WPA/PSK AES. ;-)
     
    tek, Jan 5, 2008
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