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your modem or router has othere lan port or not if there then put it and in laptop you using dhcp or by manually given ip address what is that you have to give the same in the desktop and pls off the firewall of the desktop computer
I experienced a similar problem with a Vista laptop a few weeks ago.
There were no apparent problems, so I uninstalled the wireless network
adapter from the Windows "device manager" and then let it automatically
reinstall the wireless adapter when it rebooted. The local wireless
network appeared about 5 minutes after the reboot and has been working
ever since. Hope this idea helps!
Have look in the router settings for the actual internet connection speeds, as these are a more true reading than the speed check as the speeds can vary at different times of the day and 2 or 3 speed checks can bring different results.
your actual connection speed that is showing in the routers settings is the connection you are getting from your ISP.
If you are with BT they usually recommend using their latest routers, why i'm not sure, as the only thing i have noted is that the MTU is set at 1500 (Maximum Transmition Units)and in other routers the MTU is automatically set at 1493, so look for the MTU setting and up it if necassary, but not above 1500, also double check all the settings, even put the bt router back in and see if speeds improve, if, you know the BT router is set up purposly for faster connection speeds.
Also try checking your speed at a speed test site at a quieter time of day, you will also see different speed check sites give you different speed results.