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pplufthesun's avatar

How should I go about boosting my internet?

Asked by pplufthesun (591 points ) October 26th, 2008

Right now, I am on a wireless network, and the computer with the router is on the other side of the house, so I am stuck with speeds of 145 kb/s, while the other computer is 60 times faster. How should I go about either boosting wi-fi, or improving my connection.

I Have a 54mbps router and a 108mbps receiver. Both netgear.

Please help

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bodyhead's avatar

Is the other computer also wireless? When comparing wireless to wired, your wired computers will seem 60X faster. If both computers are wireless, you might consider getting a better antenna for your router or maybe even a wireless signal booster (basically a small wireless repeater for your wireless signal).

lercio's avatar

First get netstumbler which will give you a readout of exactly what your wireless connection is doing. If you are on a laptop, try moving it around, the construction of your house will affect the wifi signal. Also check that no other connections are using the wifi channel you are using, if there is then change your channel on the router.

You can do other things like using a wireless repeater or a parabolic reflector on either end. You could also look at powerline ethernet as alternative to wireless.

But at the end of the day you are not going to beat a wired connection.

jrpowell's avatar

Before you buy anything you should at least try moving the computer next to the router to see if that improves speeds. It is a pain to do but at least it helps eliminate one point of failure.

pplufthesun's avatar

@bodyhead, the other computer is wired, but is actually 60x faster. I use net meter, but I will check to see if netstumbler works.

lercio's avatar

netstumbler will not give you a reading of bandwidth, but it will tell you the signal strength of the connection, and any other connection in range. Especially useful in seeing if moving the antenna or PC makes any difference.

bodyhead's avatar

pplufthesun, Wireless is just not as fast as wired. I would agree with johnpowell. Use the computer right next to the router and see the difference in speeds.

You can also get interference from your neighbors. Most routers are set on channel 11 by default. You might try setting your router on a non-standard wireless channel (like 2)

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