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Wireless Routers and MaxDSL

Hi

I was upgraded to MaxDSL on the 2ndish of April - my Belkin Wireless Router\Modem synchronised quite happily at 8000/400 and MSR was at 8000...but the connection speeds were just creeping up to the 2600 mark (bear with me - it's not another one of those complaints)
I was doing routine speed tests and restarting the router every couple of days - but nothing much changed. I did fire a ticket off to PlusNet but I thought I should actually sort out the problem myself - after all, the router is telling me it's happy at 8000 and the MSR stayed at 8000 so maybe the problem was MINE!

I did three speed tests using the USB wireless dongle on a laptop (dongle connection was at 54mps solid and signal strength was "Excellent") and the PlusNet speedtests came in like so:-
17-05-2006 07:06:51 2759.5
17-05-2006 07:06:34 2721.3
17-05-2006 07:06:16 2754.5

Then I plugged in a CAT5 cable straight into the router and got these speeds:-

17-05-2006 07:13:58 6368.5
17-05-2006 07:13:44 6316.1
17-05-2006 07:13:30 6579.9

Slight difference or whatHuh

And just to satisfy myself, I went back tot the wireless dongle on the laptop and got these speeds:-

17-05-2006 07:18:37 2453.9
17-05-2006 07:18:17 2465.5
17-05-2006 07:17:56 2634.6

So I for one will not be so quick to blame PlusNet for speed issues when it's my own equipment that (appears) to be causing the issues! If anybody else is using wireless routers/modems and have slow speeds, try a cable and see if there is any difference.

I'm not able to have CAT5 cabling trailing around the house (due to girlfriend!), so can somebody advise me if changing to a 125mps wireless router\modem will improve the connection speeds...or do I just accept that that's the best I can get using wireless?

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Kevin
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You may have a 'power saving mode' on the USB device ... disable it. Wink

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docrobster
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If its a laptop what about an internal wireless card in the PCMCIA slot?
I presume your usb slot is usb 2 not 1.1
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I too have had some issues with my Netgear 834G not being as quick in wireless mode - even more surprisingly I have had issues where a USB (Binatone 500) ADSL modem I keep for emergencies runs faster than my router.
I clearly need to look more closely into the configuration of my router.

I can only suspect that when in wireless mode, my laptop (IBM Thinkpad)(T40methinks) uses the wireless in a low power mode to save power. Until now, I presumed that this meant that the signal between laptop and router would be at a lower speed, but it appears this is affecting the throughput between the two more significantly than I thought.
I'll have to spend a bit of time testing various configurations to find out which works best, but I will defo be starting with increasing the performance of my wireless card.
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Thanks for the replies

The USB dongle is configured correctly and plugged into a USB 2 port....I played around with all possible settings last night through until the morning! I usually use a PC but decided to use the laptop to allow me to be closer to the router as I only had a 2m CAT5 to hand!! (The end justified the means on that one!) I get the same dongle speeds when I use the PC as when I used the laptop.
I can not get any better than 54mps and "Excellent" signal strength on this particular dongle - which is why I thought a 125mps router etc might improve the overall performance.

I must admit I was quite surprised to get 6500 on the line as BT thought the best I could get was 5500.....just a little bit annoyed now that I cannot get onto it because of my setup!

Cheers

Kevin
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The USB dongle is configured correctly and plugged into a USB 2 port....I played around with all possible settings last night through until the morning!


The settings in the Device Manager ? That is, right click on 'My Compter' then 'Properties > Hardware > Device Manager' and select 'Properties' your USB Wireless device. Did you paly with these?

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long-gone
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@afreespirit

An interesting thread !
I've just done a similar test with my Netgear DG834PN modem/router -
Wireless speed test = 4500
Ethernet CAT5 (long !) = 6500
This was done on a fairly high spec PC (no power saving etc)

Now I've got to drill some holes and get this cable fixed somehow !
docrobster
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I have found that the SNR was lower via wifi than cable between pc and router, and (non-maxed) speed slightly lower with wireless, so have ditched trying to use wireless to main PC. I guess this mean a new round of kit buying to get the wireless-N stuff when everyone is maxed!
Good news for netgear, cisco et al
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Hi

The USB dongle is set to CAM on the Power Saving Mode, all other settings are back to default.

I received a reply to my Plus Net ticket - they had made some changes to my account ("Customer has had delta report, but prov shows incorrect product.") and asked to check the performance. I'm confused as to why I'm on the "incorrect product".....it as the one Plus Net put me on!

Router still synchronising at 8000/400 and MSR is 8000 - but speeds have dropped to:-

17-05-2006 19:17:09 1737.5
17-05-2006 19:16:25 1249.9
17-05-2006 19:16:05 1032.7

So I'm heading back to a 56k modem rapidly!

At least this is keeping me amused at night....!