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ARCHOS 605 30MB SLOW INTERNET SPEED and OPERA BROWSER CRASHING: Speed tests from show download speed less than 300Kb/s and up load speed is 127Kb/s, while an adjacent wireless laptop test shows 20,000 Kb/s and 1700Kb/s. I'm only a few feet away from the wireless "G" access point. End result is that the 605 takes a long time to load websites and often freezes up the Opera Web Browser. YouTube videos take a very long time to load and often freeze up the 605. It has to be turned off and back on to start over. I tried other speed test sites such as DSL Reports and speed test without success. The problem with the 605 seems to be inherent within the system that caps internet connection speed to 300 to 400Kb/s. 605 specs say that it connects to WiFi at 802.11g, which is 54Mbsp. 802.11b is 11Mbps. If Archos specs the 605 at G speeds, then why does the actual transfer rate measure at less then 300Kb/s, which is at the low end of 802.11b? If this is true and not a malfunction of my unit, then this is a major flaw and mis-representation of specifications from Archos. The feature of the Archos 605 internet access is useless at 300Kb/s since it is a waste of time waiting for websites to download. I'm finding, through internet searches, that slow internet access is a common complaint. I contacted Archos on this subject. The response was that the 605 has a slow processor therefore cannot process internet speeds faster. I was not happy with that answer because I was told that not to expect anymore than what I was experiencing. I'm not buying that response yet. I believe I was talking to a front end person and I did not request to elevate my question further into Archos, yet. Why does specs for the 605 state WiFi connection at "G"? The potential buyer will infer that the 605 will connect and utilize the transfer rates up to 802.11G rates. My next call to Archos would be to try to return the 605 directly to Archos due to specifications misrepresentation. I have had it too long to return locally and purchased four plug-ins and the DVR Station. I like all of the other features including the battery life, but I can't take the slow WiFi transfer rate. It is unacceptable! I would rather have a solution to the issue which would make the 605 internet useful, otherwise it's not for me. In comparison, the ITouch WiFi has a much faster internet response, but not measured. The Iphone using cell phone internet is more responsive than the 605 on WiFi-G. (3G internet speeds is in the 3Mbps and WiFi-G is 54Mbps.) Is there a fix that will speed up the 605 internet access? I want to bring this fatal problem to all who are experiencing the same problem and maybe hopefully cause a rush of inquires into Archos on the speed issue. I would like to know if any owners test out faster inernet speeds at Please post results for all of us to review. Thanks NB

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  • docfixit Nov 26, 2008

    Same deal with 605 4GB - I can stand the Archos 605 on top of the router, and still get lousy wireless performance. Archos are being very disingenous marketing the device as 'G' compatible when it appears it it has been deliberately designed not to achieve it. Archos support is also lousy - generally seem content to shrug their shoulders at the earliest opportunity, instead of taking a genuine interest in user experience

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    I've been experiencing the same problem, after waiting endlessly for video to download it will play fine. Problem is the wait is painful, as other users have found Archos could care less. Once they've got your money they seem content to dump you and your problems. Solution - admit you've been screwed by another over hyped technology, throw this POS in the trash and become and Apple user, thanks for nothing Archos.

  • exuct78 Jan 09, 2009

    Yes, we were gypped. I don't understand all those great reviews either. I bought it mainly for wi fi at my work, but my wife's iPod touch works much better. The terrible connectivity and painful browsing is unacceptable.


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I have a 605 4GB, and it is slow as molasses. The problem folks, is that 802.11 G is a connection specification, not a speed garantee. The method of connection and transmission allows up to 54GBs of speed over the G connection. But you can still have a G connection and be recieving data at 128KBPS! If you don't belive Archos, try and connect to an open G - only network, and you should be able to connect. The processor in the device is very limited, and THAT is what makes the device slow. If someone would create a web browser with lower overhead, it could be sped up, but as there are so many platforms to write for out there, don't count on it. Open up the platform and let the open source world fix this, Archos!

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How do I get internet away from my house on my archos 605 wifi, I can get it on my BTHUB in the house, is there a list of HUB I can conect to. when I try to conect a list comes up but they are all locked

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