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Windows 7: Wireless Router Speed Connection VS Actual Internet Service Speed


13 May 2012   #1

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Wireless Router Speed Connection VS Actual Internet Service Speed

Hi all,

As my computer is somewhat far away from my wireless Internet access point, getting just a little over 50% in terms of signal strength, I just bought a new portable router, believing that if I set it as a signal repeater, I could increase the speed of my Internet connection (download speed, upload speed, etc.). However, after doing a little more testing, and after an unsuccessful first round of trying to get the router setup (it's my first time doing this), I'm thinking that installing the signal repeater won't change my Internet connection's speed.

I live in China, so my Internet connection speed here isn't exactly phenomenal - when I sit right next to my access point with my laptop (with full bars), I get a peak download speed of about 150 kbps. However, when I go back into my bedroom, where the signal strength is supposedly weaker (a good 40-50% weaker), I can still download and upload at these peak speeds. I'm using the Network Meter desktop gadget to determine these speeds. Web pages and online videos load and stream correspondingly as fast.

My access point is a TP-LINK TL-WR700N pocket router, and the box says it can handle transfer speeds at up to 150 mbps. However, when I open the Network and Sharing Center from the system tray and check the Status of the connection, it says the "Speed" is 72.2 mbps. When I walk back and forth with my laptop, letting the signal strength go up and down, this number remains unchanged.

So I guess this is my question - because my actual Internet connection speed is so much drastically lower than what my router/access point can handle, I guess installing the repeater to get better signal strength in my bedroom won't change anything if this speed is the same with full signal strength when my laptop is right next to the access point? As 150 kbps is way less than 50% of 72 mbps (36 mbps), then I shouldn't worry too much about this loss of signal strength and return the would-be repeater that I just bought, right?

When I get more time I'll try to set this repeater up again (it's pretty complicated for me) and do more tests. However, the question remains - if I get the same download/upload speeds no matter how far away from the access point my computer is and no matter how "strong" the signal strength is (within reason), then perhaps I shouldn't need to install the repeater?

I'm sure an answer is somewhere online, but my Googling didn't bring up anything related to this specific question

Please let me know! Thanks,
Jason

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