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#1 j4mes_bond25


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Posted 17 September 2008 - 07:30 AM

I'm using Virgin's cable broadband.

I've a question about the speed of my broadband, in particular the one that I receive on my laptop and wondered if anyone around may be able to point me in right direction.

I've a PC upstairs connected to Virgin's modem & wired connected to PC. After upgrading my broadband speed to 10MB (from 2MB).

When running online speed check on 3 different website, the PC upstairs shows around 10MB of speed, however, on laptop it only shows around 2MB.

Laptop shows signal strength of wireless router as "very good" (understandably, upstairs it show "excellent" due to its close proximity to router). However, when I'm next to router i.e. when signal strength shows "excellent" and when I run a search, the test shows the speed of around 5-6MB.

I've disabled ZoneAlarm firewall, Spybot anti-spyware and AVG's anti-virus software, when running this speed test, but it's made no difference whatsoever & remains just under 1MB.

I've also ensured that the channels set on router and my wireless chip on laptop is same. Router's default setting's channel 6 and I've ensured the same set for my wireless chip on on laptop as well.

I've had new modem & router sent out by the Virgin people due to this, but the problem continuous, I'm afraid. Can anyone tell why I fail to get around or just under 10MB of broadband speed on my laptop?

Can investing in new & better router i.e. "N" router make any difference in broadband speed though? (bearing in mind it shows better speed at close proximity to router than running test result downstairs). Though, why would distance from router affect "broadband" speed (shouldn't it just affect the connectivity "strength" alone)?

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 10:46 PM

Just click with this site http://www.ip-details.com/ for the internet speed test @ free of costs... Also in here you can get ip address details @ free of costs...

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 11:38 AM

However, the actual rate of speed much lower than promised, I still did not get the right speed, I recommend that new users try to use it first and decide. BSNL employees of the behavior is not satisfactory.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 07:18 AM

It is a nice sharing......

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:46 PM

I agreed with Redwarrior, the speed of a connection depends on several factors and one of them is the hardware configuration of the system.
The other factors also matter like the router, its distance, reflection and so on. It thought, the system and laptop having different processors and memory, and this factor affects the speed of the internet connection. This is just an assumption as per my experience.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:52 AM

Wireless Network speed is slow as compared to the network connection. It is wireless connection hence it is slow which is based on the ip of the internet broadband setting.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:54 AM

Wireless connection little bit harmful to the person in terms of the using because if you are give the setting password to it then every one can easily access the internet by your wireless broadband. The connection speed is low as compared to Lan connection.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:39 PM

View PostSkrpune, on 17 September 2008 - 07:34 PM, said:

you're definitely going to see slower speeds via wireless than with hard-wired, especially when you drop below "excellent" signal strength. The ability of a medium to carry data well has to do with its strength & distance & interference, etc. The less strength & the more distance & other factors it has to fight against, the slower it goes and the less data it can carry. Think of it like having a conversation on the phone with and without static - you can probably talk faster and less deliberately on a clear phone line than on one with lots of static, where you will find yourself talking slower and probably repeating yourself and exerting more effort to get the same message across. If you upgrade BOTH your wireless router and wireless receiver/adapter to N, then you'll almost certainly see a marked improvement. But know that you always lose some signal strength and some speed when you choose wireless over a wired connection - there is a price to pay for the convenience of portability. By the way, what wireless standard are you currently using? 802.11 a/b/g? Have you also tried maybe a booster or checking the connections on the wireless adapter in your laptop? (That sometimes can affect the signal/performance - and it's usually pretty easily accessible via one of the 'doors' on the bottom of the laptop; just be careful and gentle when making sure you've got a good connection on the two antenna wires.)
I agree, the first thing to consider is the difference between wired and wireless communication signals. Signal strength per unit distance will decrease more rapidly with wireless as opposed to a wired connection. Even a wired connection with an Ethernet cable can be harmed by interference, wireless is just more sensitive and, in homes, often reaches longer distances more casually.

Edited by arlomltb, 15 June 2012 - 09:39 PM.

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