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metallica86
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Great speeds wired, poor wireless..

Good morning.

 

 I had BT infinity installed earlier this week, absolutely delighted thus far with download speeds nearing 80mb via ethernet connection. However whenever I try using the wifi connection I'm only managing speeds ranging from 4mbs-20mbs.

 

 I have read numerous posts regarding the adaptor needs upgrading/updating. I honestly have no idea about this and need abit of help in what I need to buy/do in order to achieve greater speeds wireless.

 

I have read something about a "N" adaptor. Is this like a usb stick which plugs into the laptop or do you need to take the whole laptop apart and remove the original adaptor? Where can I pick up one of these adaptors and finally how do I find my current adaptor type?

 

 Sorry for all the questions, i'm absolutely usless with computers.

 

 Thanks for your time

 

James

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Keith_Beddoe
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Re: Great speeds wired, poor wireless..

Its not usually practical to change the internal wireless card in your laptop, as there can be incompatibility issues, as it depends on the laptops motherboard manufacturer. There is also a chance of damaging the laptop.

 

An external USB adapter simply plugs int a spare USB port on the laptop, and you then select that adapter instead of the laptops internal one.

Here is the TP-Link TL-WN722N as an example.

 

 

There is also a very tiny Edimax EW-7811Un one, which I use myself, and looks like this

 

When it is plugged into a USB port, you hardly notice it.

 

 

 

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gcdcfc
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Re: Great speeds wired, poor wireless..

Thanks for the help.

Do these wireless adapters carry a good signal range?

I can't understand why my current adapter can't produce a speed over 20mbs. This laptop is'nt that old and wasn't exactly cheap...
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Bullitt
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Re: Great speeds wired, poor wireless..

sounds like it may be wireless-g
what lappy is it?
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Keith_Beddoe
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Re: Great speeds wired, poor wireless..

The TP Link one is better, as it has an external aerial.

 

Most recent laptops should be wireless "n" capable.

Which make and model of laptop do you have?

 

If you put your laptop near to the home hub, and look at the wireless connection speed on your laptop, what speed does it show?

 

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gcdcfc
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Re: Great speeds wired, poor wireless..

Laptop i'm mainly using is SAMSUNG RV510

Wireless speed is around 17mbps at the mo
Upload is 7mbps

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Keith_Beddoe
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Re: Great speeds wired, poor wireless..


@gcdcfc wrote:
Laptop i'm mainly using is SAMSUNG RV510

Wireless speed is around 17mbps at the mo
Upload is 7mbps


That already has wireless "n" built in.

 

How are you measuring the wireless speed?

 

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gcdcfc
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Re: Great speeds wired, poor wireless..

Using the BT speed tester and I also tried two or three other speed checkers , all of which gave me pretty much the same reading of around 12-20mb.

Can't understand what the problem is if the laptop has N already...

 

 PS, No idea why I have two accounts. Smiley Very Happy

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gcdcfc
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Re: Great speeds wired, poor wireless..

Routers setting page gives me this:

Connection Information
Connection type: Wireless
Connection speed: 54 Mbps
Connection status: Currently connected
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biffo1963
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Re: Great speeds wired, poor wireless..

Your wireless card is only connecting at wireless-g speeds for some reason; my old steam-driven HP nx6325 connects at 54 Mbps and that definitely isn't wireless-n.    

 

Can I suggest you try changing the wireless channel your HH3 is using, you may be getting interference from your neighbours' routers using the same channel.    A piece of free software like inSSIDer can show you if this is happening, although you can also get an idea by opening a command prompt window and keying netsh wlan show networks mode=Bssid.

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