Try plugging the computer directly on your modem/router then check your speed. If the speed improves then big possibility that it's the wireless adapter. Try uninstalling then installing it again. If the speed did not change even though you directly plugged it then it means that your computer has a problem. You may need to optimize your IE or disable any firewall or any programs that uses the internet.
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Make sure you get the Realtek Wireless Lan Utility; if you're not using it now you're lucky you can connect at all.
When you get that installed, or if you already have it, find the file in the REALTEK install folder called 8185.ini (or 8185x64.ini on a 64 bit OS), delete everything in it, and paste this into it. It'll give you more control over the card and open up new options in the wireless utility.
somebody is accessing your wireless network and getting free internet service from you unless you had setup a wep security! if you have an un-secure network then anybody with a wireless adapter can access your network and access your internet free and drag down the speed of your internet connection. however, if you do have wep enabled and there is more than one computer connecting then this will slow your connection down as well. please remember that there are some games and gaming sites that are bandwidth hogs and will slow down other computers connection on the same network. also watching streaming videos and gaming at same time can slow down connections as well.
this works exactly as like a built in LAN adapter to your laptop. You may use this as a backup for your built in laptop LAN adapter. Altough this is more useful for some IT professionals who sometimes require a two LAN setup. I have also attached a useful guide that if found on the product catalogue itself.
WHAT THIS PRODUCT DOES Connect to your wired home network by adding a D-Link 10/100 Fast Ethernet Notebook Adapter to your notebook computer. Once connected, you can access shared documents, music, and photos from other computers in your network. If your network has a high-speed Internet connection, you can also check e-mail, browse the web, and chat with friends and family online.
Ask them to review you connection speed to make sure your getting the speed you ordered. Linksys is usually pretty good. See if it's faster WITHOUT using the wireless (plug directly into the modem). If it is I can only think of two things... Ether you need to relocate your wireless modem to acheive a stronger signal OR if your signal is strong on your adapters end, you could always upgrade to a different wireless adapter that can handle faster conections.