I have upgraded all drivers, all firmware, have tried changing channels, forcing it to "g" only or "b" only, and it seems no matter what I do, my laptop won't establish a connection any faster than 1 mbps. It may go slightly faster after each initial change, but only lasts about 10 seconds before bottoming out again at 1. Any suggestions before I toss it out the window?
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the problem with wireless routers is that they only will put out little more than 1mbps it may say 54mbps, but it'll usually only download at about 1 mbps, ive found it frustrating myself, but thats all the firmware in those will allow, ive tried to upgrade mine, but still the same, there isnt a fix that i'm aware of, wireless "N" maybe different but i doubt it, sending that much information wirelessly creates alot of heat,
You have WRT300N router. If it is very old model then upgrade the firmware of the router. and try changing the wireless channel on the router. Firmware is the software of the router. Download the latest firmware of the router. Go to the manufacturer's web site and download the firmware of the router. Open the set up page of the router and upgrade the firmware of the router. Once you upgrade the firmware of the router, reset the router. On the router you will find a small reset button, hold it down for 30 seconds. release it. wait for 1 minute. Now unplug the power to the router and plug it back in. Now you will need to reconfigure the router according to the Internet service provider.
Reduce the MTU settings on the router. You will need to open the set up page of the router. On the set up page , you will find the MTU set to Auto. Change it to manual and change the size to 1400. save the settings. Also upgrade the firmware of the router. Do you have any computer connected to the router ? If not then connect the computer to the router. download the firmware of the router. Upgrade the firmware. After upgrading the firmware , you will need to reset the router. Once you reset the router, it will lose all the settings and you will need to reconfigure the router. Click here step by step instructions
i had that happen with my wrt54g it would go from 54 to 1 and start over again well i learned my leason there i tryed reverting to the original firmware and ended up toasting my router so dont try that :) im not to sure what the cause of this is either i do think that it in the router and not the wifi card tho
Try changing the channel of your router ex (channel 1-6-11). Since you upgrade the firmware of your router you need to reset it to factory default and reconfigure everything so the new firmware will take effect.
Would you consider an environmental or systemic reason.
Environmental -- there are many more wireless devicess out there including a class that broadcast on two wireless channels simultaneously. You may be having contention for the radio bandwidth not just from other routers but devices like wireless phones. Consider changing you channel from the probable default of 6 to 1 or 11. If the first change does not work try the second. (also keep your wireless router/access point away from the cell phone base station.)
Systemic -- this is unlikely in your case unless you are getting a strange symptom. There is a belief that networks with hidden SSIDs and WEP or WPA encryption experience interruptions someof considerable duration of service manifesting as disconnections registered by the computer's wireless adapter. Unhiding the SSID has cured these systems.