Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Let's see if I understand - you have added an additional card into the computer which adds USB v2 ports. Then I guess you are plugging a USB Wireless card into those ports.
Can you see the speed of the wireless connection? If you 't have an icon in the lower right hand corner for the card, hover over it with the mouse, or right click. Otherwise, go to Control Panel, Network Connection and look for the wireless card there.
Right clicking either one should show you the speed between your computer and the router.
Most wired connections will be 100 Mbps. Depending on the card and the router, wireless will be 10, 56, or 108 Mbps.
Wireless speed depends on many things, such as:
1) distance from the computer to the router
2) number of solid objects, such as walls, floors, or metal
3) possible interference from other wireless routers in the area
Do you think any of these are at work here? If you can reposition either the router or the computer, it may help.
Wireless is cool, but the best possible speeds will always come from a wired connection. I have my desktop computer wired, but my laptop wireless. When I go wireless, my speeds drop.
Tell me a bit about the equipment you're using, perhaps we can squeeze a bit more out of it.
Hope that helps!
Posted on Jul 23, 2008
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