Help with diagnosing a downloading/wireless problem.

  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

    Help with diagnosing a downloading/wireless problem.

    I have a Windows 7 PC that for the past week or two (I rarely use this PC, so I don't know when the problem began) has a problem when downloading. For some reason, no matter what I try to download, the downloading speed is always really slow, usually less than 500kb/s.To further test this, I tried downloading the files from the following tests sites:Download Test Files | thinkbroadbandDownload & Generate Test FilesAnd the PC downloads them very slowly. This happens regardless of what websites I am downloading the files from, even when using torrents. The PC is connected via Wi-fi to the router, but my laptop (also wireless) downloads the same files at full speed (from the same router, of course), so I don't think the problem is router related. I have also booted the PC from a Linux disc, and then downloading the same files from Linux, and they are still downloading at the same slow speed, so I *think* the problem isn't down to the Windows installation, as the Linux disc of course doesn't access any Windows files at all.There has been no hardware alterations to the PC at all (I only use it to download stuff, and no one else uses it), so does anyone have any advice or suggestions, please?Thanks for any answers.
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  2. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    The problem is now fixed. I was going to try checking the router's wi-fi settings, but first I tried a long ether net cable, from the router to the PC, to bypass the wi-fi as a potential problem, and the download speeds are now back to normal again. So the problem was definitely wi-fi related, be it the wi-fi hardware in the PC, or some mysteriously altered wi-fi settings in the router.I'm going to stick with the ethernet lead, as it works, and it's simple.

    Thanks for reading this, and hopefully it may help other people with the same problem.
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