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 Post subject: Laptop slow network speeds
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:12 pm 
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OK, I have had Verizon dsl for a few years now and have never had a problem until recently. About 2 weeks ago, the wife decided that she wanted to put on a WEP key on the network. (There's the start of the problem) So while I was at work, she calls up Verizon and has them do set it up. So when I get home I learned that it has seriously messed up the wireless. I turned off the key as soon as I saw this but the problem persists. My Droid X works fine in the browser and speed test reports fine speeds and ping. The home computer also reports that it is fine and I don't notice any speed differences. On my laptop though, it is a different story, it takes at least two minutes to open engadget fully versus about eight seconds for my home computer. Also, steam reports that download speeds are heavily fluctuating, any where form 0 - 350 KB/s and regularly reports, where the normal speeds are consistently around 340 KB/s. Every web page is very slow. Speed test will not even open fully for me to test it. And it also messed up TF2, which is BAD. Any insight on this problem will be greatly appreciated, as I have tried everything I can think of.

Router is a WESTELL VersaLink Model 327W

Laptop networking card is an Atheros

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop slow network speeds
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:42 pm 
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Did she/they really do WEP encryption (which, well, sucks), or are you just using that as a catch-all term for encryption?

If it really is WEP, I'll hazard a guess that the problematic laptop's wireless card (or, rather, its drivers) simply don't behave well with WEP.
Try turning the encryption up to something a little more, ah, modern (WPA or WPA2), reconnect everything to the network, and try again.
Also, make sure that you laptop's wireless drivers are at the latest-available version.

(BTW: "Atheros" is rather vague - model# would clarify things a lot, as would OS on the laptop. ;) )


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop slow network speeds
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:14 pm 
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Thanks for the reply,

First off, yes, it was a WEP that they put on.

I changed it to a WPA2 and reconnected everything and but it was still the same.

I also checked, and all the wireless drivers are up to date.

The wireless adapters under device manager says that the wireless adapters are:

Atheros AR8131 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20)

and

Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter

Laptop OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop slow network speeds
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:59 pm 
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Ok, so I tired something that I did not think would work, but it did. My laptop is in my basement, but directly under the router upstairs. So I brought my laptop upstairs, and it fixed the problem, speeds are fine upstairs, and also for a while when I bring it back down. Unfortunately, I don't have the room to simply leave it be upstairs all the time. Is there a way I could boost my signal to the basement better, or maybe changing router channels?


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