What is the maximum download speed per your ISP?
Originally Posted by MySassyGirl
Can anyone have any input on this? Is there anything that I can do to make it better?
When I connect a wired from the router to my laptop, I ran a DSL speed test and it was showing 23Mbps download speed.
When I ran the test using the wireless function to my laptop, it was a report of 15Mbps download speed. The laptop is just a basic B/G internal mode.
I'm right next to the router. Is that a big discrepancy in the speed? Should I expect to see a better number for the wireless speed?
Right now, I'm getting a 4 out of 5 bars showing from the laptop with a speed of 54 Mbps. I know my linksys was showing a 5 out of 5 bars with a speed of 54 Mbps before.
Also, if I buy a USB with wireless N adapter of 300 for the laptop, does it help get a better download speed?
What is the make and model of your notebook?
I have a 30 Mbps download / 5 Mbps upload cable internet connection. I currently have a single band B/G wireless adapter in my notebook. Wireless connection speed tests be up to 20 Mbps download depending on the channel selected for WiFi and where I am in my home and the time of day (signal interference from neighbor's wireless). When I plug my notebook directly into the wireless router or modem - a wired connection - I get my full 30 Mbps download thoughput.
Barring any setup issues, multiple factors can result in slower wireless download speeds - interference from neighbor's wireless signals, your wireless adapter's real world performance (not just theoretical capability), or issues with the internet beyond the control of your ISP.
What can you do about this?
One thing is to try different locations for your wireless router, especially more centralized in the home and with fewer walls or barriers between it and your notebook. Even moving a couple feet and what direction the box is oriented can make a difference. Placing my wireless router on top of my desk on the side towards the center of my home, instead of on the floor or on the other side of the desk, improved signal upstairs on the other side of the house.
You could try a directional antenna to focus the signal to where your notebook is in the home. If you move around then this is cumbersome because you will need to reorient the antenna to your new location for best effect.
You could try using two modems in either bridge or repeater mode.
You could try a Powerline product like Netgear's XAVB5001, which uses your electrical outlets to send your internet signals. If this works in your home, you may obtain the better speeds, or at least more dependable speeds, than wireless. It also may solve problems of little or no signal to certain areas in your home.
You could try MOCA, which uses the coaxial plugs in homes that cable companies use to give you cable TV, internet and telephone services. Netgear has MOCA products on their website. If you try Powerline or MOCA products, make sure you buy from a store you can return them to for no restocking fee - just in case!
Another thing, consider a better wireless adapter for your notebook. I recently ordered an Intel 5300 wireless adapter off eBay which uses B/G/ and N, hopefully allowing me to approach or reach my 30 Mbps download potential like I do with wired connections.
I find an internal wireless adapter to be a better solution than an external USB adapter - less to remember to carry and less risk of damage from something sticking out from the case, but whatever works for you is good.
There are more things to try but this should give you something to think about.