Question about Dell TrueMobile 1184 Wireless Broadband Router (802.11b) 9U555 (9U555)

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Split speeds on modem

We just tested our internet cable connection directly to the computer (no router) and got like 1.3mb/sec for speed. now we connected it to the router (Dell TrueMobile 1184), so now two computers are using the internet and are only getting half that speed - is there any way to tell the router to give full speed to one computer when the other isnt used or to evenly balance when one needs it and the other isnt being used?

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  • moneyshot978 Sep 02, 2007

    yeah both tests were done using - i think you are right because i was downloading something 700kbs earler on the router...

    none of the computers are on "wireless"

    and i am on 100mbps



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I have never seen a router split speed evenly for the number of computers plugged in. Typically all bandwidth is available to any one computer using the service and it becomes proportianlly less as others start using it. Just because four computers are plugged in doesn't mean each will get 1/4th the total speed, it all depends on what they are doing. Perhaps you have a problem with your wireless connection itself since your first speedtest was using a cabled ethernet connection. Check to make sure you have a strong signal and that windows is reporting a good speed (11mbps, 54mbps, etc). If the signal is real low then speed can drop to below 1mbps. Finally, are you conducting the exact same test each time (like A file download from a site isn't the best test of speed since it can vary drastically as others users hit the site.

Posted on Sep 02, 2007

  • Michael Fredericks Sep 02, 2007

    Oh, sorry, the "true mobile" part threw me into thinking it was wireless. It might be best to take measurements four or five times from each computer (only testing one computer at a time) and then average it all out. It could have been minor speed bumps with your ISP or with at the time. Also, it might be worth ensuring that speed and duplex are forced at 100MB full on both computers and the router (if possible to set) if all of the devices are truely capable of 100MB. Auto negotiation of speed and duplex at 10 and 100MB doesn't always work right, forcing it will provide the best results. Auto negotiate at 1000MB works fine.



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