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Windows 7: Ridiculously Slow/Flaky Wireless


27 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Ridiculously Slow/Flaky Wireless

OS: Windows 7
System: Sony VAIO SR
Router: Linksys WRT54G
Wireless adapter: Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN

Around the house, my wireless connection is ridiculously slow where on previous occasions it was always fast. I have another laptop I'm running side-by-side with the my VAIO and its wireless performance is flawless, so I'm confident the router isn't the issue. My VAIO reports the signal quality at full bars, but the speed is usually only at 1 or 2 Mbps, whereas my other laptop always holds at 54 Mbps.

The connection itself is flaky. I get knocked off every 5-10 minutes. The only time there's any stability is if I'm 5-10 feet away from the router.

Any suggestions? Thanks.




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28 Aug 2009   #2

 
 

Hi Amorphous, welcome to the forums.

I would personally look to resetting your router, there could be certain addresses that might not be being read correctly by 7. I have had similar issues with connectivity on other peoples machines & a router reboot has solved all of them.
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After resetting your router, it can take up to 2 minutes to be fully internet capable


Hope this helps


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28 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks! Unfortunately, resetting my router did nothing. I thought I solved the problem last night by editing my power plan. It seems that my wireless adapter was running on a power saving mode. After an adjustment, I thought I was in the clear when my connection was reporting speeds of 36 to 54 Mbps. However, it seems I'm back to square one this morning with an abysmal 1 to 2 Mbps. I really haven't a clue what's going on.
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28 Aug 2009   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Amorphous View Post
OS: Windows 7
System: Sony VAIO SR
Router: Linksys WRT54G
Wireless adapter: Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN

Around the house, my wireless connection is ridiculously slow where on previous occasions it was always fast. I have another laptop I'm running side-by-side with the my VAIO and its wireless performance is flawless, so I'm confident the router isn't the issue. My VAIO reports the signal quality at full bars, but the speed is usually only at 1 or 2 Mbps, whereas my other laptop always holds at 54 Mbps.

The connection itself is flaky. I get knocked off every 5-10 minutes. The only time there's any stability is if I'm 5-10 feet away from the router.

Any suggestions? Thanks.
IPv6 support off? what anti virus/firewall? 32 bit or 64?

Ken
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28 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I'm not using a firewall or anti-virus application. It's 64-bit. The status window reports that IPv6 connectivity has "no Internet access." I don't believe I've turned off IPv6 support.
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28 Aug 2009   #6

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

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IPv6 probably isnt the problem but its not being used so you might as well turn it off.

Not even the win 7 firewall?
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28 Aug 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

I disabled Windows Firewall earlier while trying to pinpoint the problem. I turned off IPv6 as suggested.
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28 Aug 2009   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Has this worked in a different OS? Could you have a hardware problem with the wifi card? Has the computer been opened, or dropped?
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28 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

It has not been opened or dropped. It's brand new. I'm not sure if the problem occurred previously because I upgraded to 7 instantly upon receiving it. I think I'll try reinstalling Vista to see what will happen. Thanks for your help.
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15 Sep 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

I'm having similar problems.

I have a Dell Latitude 1520 with a Dell 1505 wireless-N mini card.

I'm getting 1mbps or less (more often than not, less) with an 802.11n connection that is no more than 15ft from the access point.

-Have reset the router (many times)
-Windows firewall is off
-Powersaving setting set to max wireless (i.e. no powersaving in regards to the wireless)
-Have tried Windows provided wireless drivers (even the ones updated via Windows update)
-Have tried Dell's Vista drivers
-Card operates at 50+mbps with XP
-Wired connection works fine

This seems to be a recent problem (1 or 2 months). I've been using Windows 7 since sometime is very early spring and while I never actually checked the speed my wireless card was getting, I also never noticed it being a problem until recently.

Anyone have any idea?

side note: the really sad part here is that the card works a LOT faster in Linux and there isn't even a Linux drivers for the card.
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