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Windows 7: Ridiculously slow wifi connection


04 Sep 2009   #1

windows 7 RC build 7100
 
 
Ridiculously slow wifi connection

Hey guys. Upon installing the Windows 7 build 7100 RC (64-bit) I've noticed a gross decrease in wifi speeds and stability. While running XP I averaged at about 10-12mb/s wirelessly which was very stable (1 disconnect every 5-6hours maybe). Now I'm receiving <1mb/s and disconnecting frequently which is a real hassle :/

In reality, even the speed I had on XP was slow considering that my fathers macbook pro reaches speeds of 60-70mb/s wireless from the same place as my stationary stands. I'm well aware of the fact that I have a 54mb/s cap on my network card, but I still think that my network connection should be stronger. Reality aside, I was doing fine with 10-12mb/s despite knowing that somehow I could be getting a faster connection and now it's really unbearable to have <1mb/s.

I've followed tonnes of solution guides on how to set-up wifi on Windows 7 without any success. I've tried countless drivers, let the Windows 7 wizard find appropriate drivers for me, turned on and off Ipv6, changed homegroup settings, messed with the registry and more - Now I don't know what to do next.

One interesting thing (although perhaps trivial?) I noticed while downloading via uTorrent last night was that in the Resource Monitor it said that the network utilization was only at 1% despite me downloading at 100kb/s (which should be more then 10% from uTorrent alone according to the speed test conducting right before). Could this have anything to do with it?

As a final note I'm using a genuine RC client with a genuine key freshly installed. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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04 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

There are plenty of driver problems with WIFI on Windows 7 (audio appears to be a common problem, as well) so I would recommend ensuring you have a solid driver installed.

Fill out your system specs via your profile and we can better help you.

I would also recommend using the 7201 build, it's the last 'real' RC client that was released before RTM was and unless RTM (b7600+) is an option for you, 7201 might be a better solution.
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04 Sep 2009   #3

windows 7 RC build 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Zero View Post
There are plenty of driver problems with WIFI on Windows 7 (audio appears to be a common problem, as well) so I would recommend ensuring you have a solid driver installed.

Fill out your system specs via your profile and we can better help you.

I would also recommend using the 7201 build, it's the last 'real' RC client that was released before RTM was and unless RTM (b7600+) is an option for you, 7201 might be a better solution.
*Updated.

I would love to upgrade to a newer version and had planned on doing so when I finally decided to re-format and install Windows 7 again instead of XP but upon going to Microsoft's site it said that they no longer were releasing downloadable clients. Luckily I still had the 7100 build on a cd.
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04 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nevereon View Post
...my fathers macbook pro reaches speeds of 60-70mb/s wireless...
No it doesn't. Unless you are running Wireless-N, the max speed you can get is 54mb/s with Wireless-G. In either case, it is really hard to say why you are having a slow connection. But try going into Device manager, and to your wireless adapter properties.

Depending on the display of the speed, It could be bytes (uppercase B) or bites (lowercase b). On a 54mb connection this would be about 6MB. However, you will never sustain a connection at 54mb, the max throughput of wireless is a lot lower around 19mb/s even then you won't sustain that.

More data is needed, how are you getting the speed on the connection?
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04 Sep 2009   #5

windows 7 RC build 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
No it doesn't. Unless you are running Wireless-N, the max speed you can get is 54mbits/s with Wireless-G. In either case, it is really hard to say why you are having a slow connection. But try going into Device manager, and to your wireless adapter properties.
Err, yes it does? >.>" I'm not sure what you mean by Wireless-N, but I'm assuming that means running 802.11n instead of b/g? If so, then yes it's N.
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04 Sep 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Whats your AV / Firewall Client? I know it's a dumb question, but ESET SSBE blocked my LAN connection completely in Win 7, and Avira really slowed down my connection (by at least 50%) - could it be that simple? I am now using Nod 32 and Comodo Firewall.
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04 Sep 2009   #7

windows 7 RC build 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by king44 View Post
Whats your AV / Firewall Client? I know it's a dumb question, but ESET SSBE blocked my LAN connection completely in Win 7, and Avira really slowed down my connection (by at least 50%) - could it be that simple? I am now using Nod 32 and Comodo Firewall.
None actually :/ I even tried disabling the default firewall without any success.
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04 Sep 2009   #8

 
 

via ethernet, wats ur speed like
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04 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nevereon View Post
None actually :/ I even tried disabling the default firewall without any success.
Tough break mate - I really thought that might help - could be a Win 7 problem I know on Vista until SP2 there were tonnes of wifi issues.

The only other advice I can offer is to try Win 7 RTM. Maybe it may solve the problem.
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04 Sep 2009   #10

windows 7 RC build 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TGSoldier View Post
via ethernet, wats ur speed like
Haven't tried it with the current installation as it would require me to move my computer ~15meters away into another room. Hence the reason I want to run wirelessly so I can have the computer in the spot I want it to be at x3 I could suppose it'd be rather high though. Last time I ran Windows 7 7100 RC I was getting 80-90mb/s Ethernet and the same crappy wireless speed :/

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by king44 View Post
Tough break mate - I really thought that might help - could be a Win 7 problem I know on Vista until SP2 there were tonnes of wifi issues.

The only other advice I can offer is to try Win 7 RTM. Maybe it may solve the problem.
Do RC keys work for the RTM? Is it available to download legally?
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