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Wireless network, Roadrunner broadband, XP Home Usually runs at 54Mbps, Excellent signal strength. But, even with Excellent signal, sometimes drops to 36 Mbps, 24 Mbps, even 0 Mbps. Why would it do this?

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  • efsunderl771 May 30, 2010

    This answer doesn't tell me anything about what causes the problem. It only started recently, so I think something must have changed.


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54mbps is the speed of your wireless router and not your broadband. What is the brand and model of your wireless router/access point?

Please check for possible interference between your computer and wireless router.

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  • efsunderl771 May 30, 2010

    Thanks for the response.
    Netgear WGR614
    and yes, it says it's 54 Mbps.

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    Liza Halbrook May 30, 2010

    1. Update your computer to SP2 or higher.
    2. If you have other wireless device within the Netgear wireless range, make sure that you are using different RF channels on each device. Turn off all other wireless devices then turn them on one by one and see which is causing the interference. You may also test RF channels 1-6 and 11 and see what channel it connects without dropping.
    3. Download and update your firmware.

  • efsunderl771 May 30, 2010

    thanks for this. I'll take some time to try it out and get back if I have more questions


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Hi. Since you are using wireless network, the reading that you are getting is somewhat standard. As we all know, data travels much more faster and stable in a regular copper line than a wireless signal. Wireless connection is for backup use only incase you have problem with your wired connection. You can stick to wireless but thats the downside of using the wireless technology.

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    Archie Cruz May 30, 2010

    I see. Did you install application/software to your computer or any hardware modification? If none, then all you need to do is to restore the computer back to the date you remember that the computer is woring fine. You can use system restore.

    Please folow this procedure:

    Click start menu

    Click All programs

    Click accessories

    Click system tools

    Click system restore

    Choose a date where you want to restore the computer (make sure that the date is where your computer works fine)

    Restore the computer to that date

    If same issue will happen. I suggest you call your local internet service provider might be there is a service interruption in your area that causes this issue.


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