We just tested our internet cable connection directly to the computer (no router) and got like 1.3mb/sec for speed. now we connected it to the router (Dell TrueMobile 1184), so now two computers are using the internet and are only getting half that speed - is there any way to tell the router to give full speed to one computer when the other isnt used or to evenly balance when one needs it and the other isnt being used?
I have never seen a router split speed evenly for the number of computers plugged in. Typically all bandwidth is available to any one computer using the service and it becomes proportianlly less as others start using it. Just because four computers are plugged in doesn't mean each will get 1/4th the total speed, it all depends on what they are doing. Perhaps you have a problem with your wireless connection itself since your first speedtest was using a cabled ethernet connection. Check to make sure you have a strong signal and that windows is reporting a good speed (11mbps, 54mbps, etc). If the signal is real low then speed can drop to below 1mbps. Finally, are you conducting the exact same test each time (like www.speedtest.net). A file download from a site isn't the best test of speed since it can vary drastically as others users hit the site.
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The speed of your internet is determined by your service provider and their modem. If possible, connect directly to the modem to check the speed. If you suspect you D-Link router is not allowing you to get full internet speed, first a Hard Reboot of you Router and Modem.
If that did not solve the issue, try a known working LAN 5e cable between your modem and router. After you have established it is not a cable issue, do a factory reset.
I had an issue where my speed to the internet modem was fine, but the router LAN connections only provide a faction of the internet speed. After testing cables, etc I did a factory reset and it restored full connection speed on my router LAN ports.
Depending on the Wireless device, speeds differ with the protocol a bit. A cable/hardwire connection will always be a faster. I would not get to hung up on speed test software, there are many factors when using different one's , your speed will vary wildly, form one to another. Your dealing with ALL the outside ISP equipment you have no control over. If you go to 10 different "Speed Test" software websites, you will get 10 different Uploads speeds, and 10 different Download speeds. Most of this is due to Outside equipment. You just may be Obsessing over something you can't control, but I could be wrong. Maybe your ISP is "throttling" your signal? http://www.pcworld.com/article/158552/check_ISP_speeds.html
Use an Ethernet cable from the CLEAR modem into the WAN (or 'Internet') port on the Belkin.
Take a close look at the 8 coloured wires at each end of the Ethernet cable.
The 8 wires must be coloured in the _same_ order at both ends.
Be sure that you have a 'CAT-5' or 'CAT-5E' cable, not a 'CAT-3' cable, which is much slower, over long distances.
Use another Ethernet cable from one of the (three? four?) 'LAN' ports on the Belkin to the network-port on your computer. Again, check that you have a "straight-through" cable, not a "cross-over" cable.
Turn the CLEAR modem off.
Turn the Belkin off.
Turn your computer off.
Turn the CLEAR modem on, and wait until its lamps settle-down to a consistent pattern.
Turn the Belkin on, and wait until its lamps settle-down to a consistent pattern.
Turn your computer on, and let it boot.
You now should have Internet access.
Note that the router "dynamically" shares the Internet connection.
If there are 4 'LAN' ports, then each of the LAN ports gets as much speed as it needs;
you do not have a 25/25/25/25 split, unlike cutting-up an apple-pie to feed 4 people.
Run a "speed-test" on your computer, and you should be getting as much speed as you are paying for. Having the Belkin in the "middle" of your network should *NOT* slow-down the speed-test at all.
To correctly check James, I would connect a computer directly to the modem, and test at speedtest.net. If that DL speed is fine, then I would connect the router, and plug a computer directly into the router and test again. If that number is fine, then you can narrow your issue down to WiFi speed only. All of the ports on the back of that router should be at least 100 Mbps ports. So that should not be the bottleneck. If your speed directly attached to the modem is slower than you expected, I would contact your carrier.
Are you measuring while using an Ethernet cable between your computer and your router, or while using your "wireless" adapter to wirelessly connect to the router?
Re-cable your system, to temporarily connect your computer directly to the cable-modem, bypassing the router, and then measure the speed. If it still is "low", then telephone your ISP, and get them to trouble-shoot.
Otherwise, the router is capable of receiving at up to 100Mbit/second, and its "wired" ports are capable of sending to your computer at up to 100Mbit/second.
Does your computer have a "Wireless-G" (54Mbits/second) or a "Wireless-N" (more than 108Mbits/second) network-adapter?
First, are you connected via Ethernet cable or are you linking via Wi-Fi? If Wi-Fi the speed is alway slower (up to 54 Mps) If connected by Ethernet, your connection speed should read 100 Mbps. Once you have determined the connection mode and speed.unplug the wireless router and connect the computer directly to the modem. Now test the speed and see if the speed lag is still ther. If not, you have a routing /networking issue but, it it is still the same speed, it could very well be heavy traffic ( a lot of people drawing from the same local area signal., usually at specific times of the day).
If I were you, I would definately go with a wireless network. If you purchased a good router (Linksys or Netgear) you shouldnt experience loss of speed or connection. (If everything is installed correctly) If you need help, you could call the company who provides the router, Internet service Provider, or Geeksquad.
sounds like your internet access is the slow down, not the router. You don't say if you have DSL or CABLE or what. I'd check there. Make sure you are getting a strong signal. Hook up one system directly, without the router and check the speed.
As far as i know the coonection speed on internet should be the same, the speed at which you connect to the router wirelessly would be half the speed ,hence 54 mbps as apposed to 100 mbps via cable, when downloading.
I assume you have done a speed test at http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html to give you your modem connection speed, although your wireless connection to your pc; will stream the connection at half that of cable.