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Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

jaseace1978
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Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

I am currently on the last day of the initial line testing period after upgrading to Fibre extra from Fibre value and I'm connecting via a Netgear N150 wireless adapter. Current line speed is 68MB and my estimated line speed is 64MB. I appreciate with wireless I'm not going to get the full line speed that I'd get via ethernet. The netgear speed is upto 150 Mbps so my question is if I purchase a different adapter with speeds upto 300 Mbps will this make any difference to the speeds I'm getting. Below are the results of my speed tests since making the switch,  some of which are no better on the download speed than when I was on Fibre value.
Today 12:57 20464 kbps (2.56MB/s) 10607 kbps (1.33MB/s) Share
Today 12:50 29495 kbps (3.69MB/s) 15625 kbps (1.95MB/s) Share
Yesterday 20:44 28048 kbps (3.51MB/s) 9128 kbps (1.14MB/s) Share
Yesterday 20:19 11134 kbps (1.39MB/s) 8941 kbps (1.12MB/s) Share
Saturday 18:17 35225 kbps (4.4MB/s) 10551 kbps (1.32MB/s) Share
Friday 20:09 18008 kbps (2.25MB/s) 16185 kbps (2.02MB/s) Share
Friday 18:20 29350 kbps (3.67MB/s) 15648 kbps (1.96MB/s) Share
Friday 18:20 35827 kbps (4.48MB/s) 15496 kbps (1.94MB/s) Share
Friday 18:19 33208 kbps (4.15MB/s) 15842 kbps (1.98MB/s) Share
Friday 17:41 36638 kbps (4.58MB/s) 11373 kbps (1.42MB/s) Share
Friday 12:13 24605 kbps (3.08MB/s) 9271 kbps (1.16MB/s) Share
Friday 01:13 36882 kbps (4.61MB/s) 11720 kbps (1.47MB/s) Share
Friday 00:27 33165 kbps (4.15MB/s) 10867 kbps (1.36MB/s) Share
Thursday 23:59 32396 kbps (4.05MB/s) 11695 kbps (1.46MB/s) Share
Thursday 23:58 33345 kbps (4.17MB/s) 10935 kbps (1.37MB/s) Share
Thursday 23:46 7868 kbps (984kB/s) 9776 kbps (1.22MB/s) Share
Thursday 22:58 36117 kbps (4.51MB/s) 10212 kbps (1.28MB/s) Share
Thursday 20:45 25430 kbps (3.18MB/s) 9378 kbps (1.17MB/s) Share
Thursday 00:49 35976 kbps (4.5MB/s) 10347 kbps (1.29MB/s) Share
Thursday 00:09 34806 kbps (4.35MB/s) 11383 kbps (1.42MB/s) Share
Wednesday 23:40 32557 kbps (4.07MB/s) 10456 kbps (1.31MB/s) Share
Wednesday 19:47 33534 kbps (4.19MB/s) 11152 kbps (1.39MB/s) Share
Wednesday 18:29 33701 kbps (4.21MB/s) 11052 kbps (1.38MB/s) Share
Wednesday 17:53 39497 kbps (4.94MB/s) 10779 kbps (1.35MB/s) Share
Wednesday 17:29 38028 kbps (4.75MB/s) 11423 kbps (1.43MB/s) Share
Wednesday 16:49 34010 kbps (4.25MB/s) 11820 kbps (1.48MB/s) Share
Oct 16, 21:29 10127 kbps (1.27MB/s) 9055 kbps (1.13MB/s) Share
Oct 15, 23:56 26442 kbps (3.31MB/s) 9632 kbps (1.2MB/s) Share
Oct 14, 20:49 6483 kbps (810kB/s) 8478 kbps (1.06MB/s) Share
Oct 14, 19:55 9826 kbps (1.23MB/s) 8943 kbps (1.12MB/s) Share
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ian007jen
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Re: Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

Quick answer no  Wink
Long answer,(I presume you are using the plusnet supplied router) there are one or two things to check
1) Check to see you are not on the same wireless channel as near neighbours, you do this by using a program like inSSIDer on your PC (or Wifi Analyzer on your android phone). Then change your wireless channel.
2) Is this a netbook or an older spec laptop/PC if it is ancient then the processor cannot handle the throughput of the wireless adapter.
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jaseace1978
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Re: Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

Thanks. It is a decent spec PC and yes it is the supplied Technicolour router. As far as the channel goes I did check that out before and its currently on automatic but there isn't a free wi-fi channel that no one else is on so I guess with it being on auto it will look for the best signal anyway?
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Re: Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

On the Plusnet supplied router I found my best channel manually by going through them all, one by one. I don't trust the Technicolor router to do anything well, that's why I've now invested £39.00 in a TP LInk WR1043ND. Much improved performance all round.
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Re: Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

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I guess with it being on auto it will look for the best signal anyway?

AFAIK it should do, however using <a href="http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/">inSSIDer</a> is my preferred method of doing that.
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Re: Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

Most routers I've ever used with an 'Auto' channel selection just seem to select channel 1, they'd probably only try another channel if there was significant interference (BT's Homehub 3 may be one of the few exceptions).
Definitely best using inSSIDer and manually changing the channel.
Different wi-fi chipsets in the router and wi-fi adapter will perform differently (some combinations are not so well matched as others) but most will work reasonably well together.
I had a particular issue with an Intel ABGN laptop adapter working with my router but eventually I found a setting via device manager where 'enhanced throughput' was unticked (I never changed it since it was installed), when I ticked it my wi-fi throughput went from about 24Mb/s maximum up to nearly the same (around 55Mb/s) as I get with ethernet (figures from internet speedtests) so sometimes a rogue setting can be the problem.
As your speed is rather variable I think interference is the most probable cause and trying other channels may well help.
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jaseace1978
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Re: Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

Ive tried manually changing to other channels but this hasnt made any difference to the speeds i am seeing. Are my current stats what i should expect connecting with wireless or should i still be seeing better speeds? I am at a loss now at what to do next and i cannot connect wired as the pc is upstairs and the phone line is downstairs. I thought the cordless phone may have been interfering with it but i switched this off and it made no difference.
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Re: Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

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i cannot connect wired as the pc is upstairs and the phone line is downstairs.

You could use homeplug/powerline adapters to give a connection with wired type performance.  In simple terms you have one device plugged in to a mains socket near router and another upstairs where you need to work.  They use the mains ring main of the house to send a signal.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HomePlug
You should be able to buy a pair for £30 to £35.
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Re: Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

Yes an N300 adapter might be faster - considering the 150 or 300 speed is for 40MHz (using 2 channels), which isn't normally used on the 2.4GHz channels, because it would use almost all of the channels. So the actual max speed for an N150 adapter could be 65Mbit. And that 65 doesn't include the overheads of the wifi, the useful throughput is less.
jaseace1978
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Re: Wireless adapter change increase speeds???

Well thats confused me now as i have also been told a 300mbps adapter will make no difference. Anybody know the difinitive answer?