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My Satellite M35-S359 has Intel Pro/wireless 2100 802.11b. Using Linksys router 2.4 Ghz at 54 mbs. Signal is excellent. Yet multiple speed tests result in only download speeds of 3.75 mbs at best. The Pro/wireless 2100 is rated at 11 mbs. Why the big difference? I have no problems connecting or staying connected and have even updated to most current driver for the wireless.

When I bypass the router and connect directly to cable modem, I see download speeds of 10 or more mbs.

Could this be a simple configuration problem? I'm using WEP for security? I'm only an enthusiastic home user not a computer techy by any stretch. Though I do have a new HP G60-235 laptop that sits side by side and pulls down 10-15 mbs, consistently. This leads me to believe its my Wireless card. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I would even consider upgrading my Pro/wireless 2100 if that would help.

Thanks in advance.
Tim

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Your HP G60 has an 802.11 b/g card. 802.11g has a maximum rated speed of 54 mbps, like the router. You never get the actual "rated" speed with wireless cards, this would occur only with maximum signal strength, no network protocol overhead, no security, etc. if you were to replace your current card in the Satellite with an 802.11 b/g card, you would get comparable results.

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