Excellent signal but low speed?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Bill, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. Bill

    Bill Guest

    I admit I'm not much of a wireless expert, but I have a persistent problem
    on my two laptops I'd like an answer for. They're two different laptops
    (Gateway with internal Broadcom 802.11g and Dell with PCMCIA Netgear
    802.11g). I have a Netgear WGR614v1 wireless router and a Netgear WG602v3
    access point. The router is set to channel 11 and the WAP to channel 1.
    Both are set to connect at only 802.11g, not b, and all use WEP 128bit. I
    added the WAP because my wife uses her laptop in many different rooms of our
    house and there were areas she was getting minimal connections.

    The problem is this - we generally have "Excellent" signal strength
    according to the system tray icon (especially after adding the WAP), but we
    frequently experience lower than 54 Mbps connection speed. My wife has
    often complained of 5-11 Mbps speeds (too slow for streaming video) even
    though the signal strength is excellent at the same time. What could be
    causing the lowered speeds while still having an excellent signal strength?
    I've already checked the obvious (microwave, cordless phones, etc.) and this
    happens even when these other devices are not in use.

    Appreciate any help anyone can provide. Thanks.
    Bill, Feb 20, 2005
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  2. Bill

    DLink Guru Guest

    5-11Mbs is not to slow for streaming video. When my 802.11b network was
    chugging along I streamed movies and worked great.
    DLink Guru, Feb 20, 2005
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