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Wireless Still Slow?

Here are some things you can investigate if your internet is still slow.

Old USB port?

Are you using a USB wireless adapter on a very old computer? USB 2.0 was introduced in April of 2000. Before that, it was USB 1.0 and 1.1, which ran at a maximum throughput rate of 12Mbps. Again that is technical manufacturer rating, not true throughput of your data. Real world, you would be lucky to pull of 8Mbps or higher, if that. So if you are still using an old computer over 12 years or older, the USB port itself could be the bottleneck in with your wireless Internet connection speed on that machine.

Have you tried updating the wireless adapter's driver files?

No matter how old the computer or wireless adapter is, it would be wise to make sure that you are running the latest drivers for that wireless network adapter. Manufacturers release newer drivers to fix bugs and improve overall performance of their products. Simply visit the manufacturers web site and check under the support section to see if there are newer driver files available. Almost always, these are available at no charge.

Have you checked your router to see if there is a newer firmware version available?

Newer versions of firmware can correct speed and operation issues of the wireless router and can often result in added functionality as well.

My router's wireless N radio is set at 2.4 GHz. It has an option for 5 GHz. Will that increase my speed?

It's a toss up as it depends on the situation. They both have their benefits and weaknesses. Here is the facts.

2.4 GHz:

By default, most routers are set at 2.4GHz out of the box. Due to radio physics, lower frequencies travel a greater range or distance. Lower frequencies also have a lower rate of absorption when penetrating obstacles. A lower frequency, such as 2.4GHz, makes me think of a car with the radio's low bass thumping away. That low sound travels through the car, through the air and through the walls of my house without any problem. Often at a great distance. You can not hear any other part of the higher sounds, just the low bass. It's apples to oranges, but helps you remember and visualize this.

The 2.4 GHz is compatible on both wireless G and N modes. The bad part of the 2.4 GHz frequency is that it is unlicensed and free to use for manufacturers, so it is commonly used in consumer devices which could be interfering.

5 GHz:

The higher 5 GHz frequency can technically transmit more data when it has an excellent signal, so technically it could be considered faster. This would have to be in an ideal environment.

The 5 GHz signal, being a higher frequency than 2.4GHz, will drop off more dramatically with distance and it will not penetrate walls or other obstacles as well. With that being said, that can impact any speed advantage and actually make this the slower alternative. So ideally you would have to be closer to the wireless router with minimal obstructions, which is often not the case.

The 5GHz frequency works on the newer Wireless N (and very old Wireless A) but does not work on Wireless G. Wireless G is a 2.4 GHz mode only. That means that if you have a Wireless G/N capable router with a mix of G and N computers or devices in the house, choosing 5 GHz will cause any wireless G only connected computers or devices to immediately stop working. On the more positive side, the 5 GHz is less likely to run into interference issues as other electronics in the area are most likely using 2.4GHz.

My final thoughts are I would stick with 2.4 GHz unless I was simply unable to overcome a source of 2.4 GHz interference, then I would give 5GHz a try.

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Connection Problems in Windows 8.1:

To solve this go to network adaptor settings and from there update the driver software and then restart the device.

Another way to address this is from the command prompt.

You need to enter some specific command to disable the settings of TCP/IP.

Well if your WiFi issue isn’t fixed then you can also convert WiFi to Ethernet.

Environmental Issues

Environmental factors can effect the wireless transmission, including the construction of the house and objects within the house. Wireless signals do not transmit well through concrete, metal or water. If the house or an object within the house made of one of these materials and is in line of sight from your wireless router to your wireless device, it will impact the performance.

If the walls are made of concrete block (maybe in a garage converted to a bedroom) you will most likely have a signal degradation issue trying to use a wireless device with the router in another area of the house. Some newer construction uses metal studs in place of wood studs within the walls and some older homes with plaster walls may have chicken wire in them. Neither situation would be ideal for wireless.

What can I do to improve the wireless environment?

As a rule of thumb, usually having the wireless router centrally located in the house is ideal. Also the higher up your wireless router usually the better. If it's on the floor or under a bed with metal box springs, under a pull out couch, things like that it will not transmit as well is that was on the table or preferably on top of a bookcase.

Often times, the modem was installed in a corner of the house and it is not practical to run an Ethernet cable through the house or the wireless router is built into the modem. You could check with your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to see if they can relocate it for you. Often there will be a charge for this to be done.

If your wireless router has an external antenna or antennas and if they are the removable kind, make sure they are screwed on finger tight. Some wireless routers that have removable antennas also offer higher gain performance antennas to connect instead of the stock antennas.

Since you can not see the wireless signals you have to imagine how the are flowing off and back to the antenna. They transmit and receive from the sides of the antenna. In most cases it's best to have the antenna pointing straight up and down. If you are having trouble with a room on another floor in the house, it might help to put the antenna at a 45 degree or 90 degree angle.

If your router has an internal antenna (common in modem/router combo units) you might get better performance of the modem with the device standing up tall vs. laying down or turning it slightly one way or the other. By changing the direction of a router with internal antennas, you are changing the positions/directions of those internal antennas. Unfortunately, the only way to tell the optimum placement, no matter the design, is to adjust the placement, check the results and repeat.

Wireless G is rated at approximately 150 feet interior range. Wireless N is rated at approximately 300 feet interior range.

Good WiFi Speed:

So you need to know what a reasonable speed is in

So you need to know what a reasonable speed is in this case.

It is defined according to the bandwidth also.

If it does not meet your requirement and is unable to fulfill your need than it is not a good one for you, so you should upgrade your package.

Thus if it allows you to work online smoothly, it is right for you otherwise it is meant to be replaceable.

↓ 02 DIY WiFi Antenna Reception Booster

How to improve your internet connection and wifi signal strength? If your laptop doesn’t use an intel wireless chipset, the only way to solve this is to purchase a USB wireless adapter. After researching for days, I could not find any Intel powered Wireless USB Adapter, I suspect this is because the cost is too high or not a favorite among geeks. After all, the best USB Wireless Network Adapter that can be hacked for stealing wifi packets efficiently are powered by Atheros, Ralink, and Realtek Chipsets. With that, you will need to purchase a USB Wireless Network Adapter, download the WindSurfer A4 Size Template and create your own antenna extender.

You Have Too Many Bandwidth-Heavy Activities

Bandwidth refers to the maximum amount of data that can be sent over a network at any given time. That means every time someone on your network makes a video call, streams a movie, or downloads a large file, it could slow your WiFi down.

To find out which activities are taking up lots of bandwidth on your Windows computer, open the Task Manager. You can do this by right-clicking on your Taskbar at the bottom of your screen. Then select Task Manager from the pop-up list.

Once the Task Manager opens, you can sort your activities by how much bandwidth they are using by clicking on the header of the Network column. If you find any activities that are taking up too much bandwidth, you can select them and click End Task.

If you are using a Mac, you can use the Activity Monitor to find bandwidth-heavy activities. You can do this by going to the Applications folder and opening the Utilities folder. Then open the Activity Monitor and select the Network tab at the top of the window.

You can either sort by bytes (data) or packets sent or received to find the most bandwidth-heavy applications. Then you can stop any processes by clicking the “X” at the top of the window.

Your Network Drivers are Outdated

In order to connect to the internet, your computer uses a network adapter, which is supported by network drivers. These network drivers allow your computer’s hardware and software programs to interact with one another.

Windows Update automatically pushes the latest version of network drivers to your system. However, there may be times when these network adapter drivers go missing, go out of date, or become incompatible with your current system. This can cause your WiFi to slow down.

If you’re a Windows 10 user, you can manually update your network driver by opening the Windows search box (the magnifying glass icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen). Then type Device Manager into the search bar and click Open. In the Device Manager menu, right-click on the network adapter you want to update and choose Update Driver.

If you have a Mac, Apple will handle all the system and driver updates for you. To make sure your drivers are up to date, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences. Then select Software Update and click Update Now. If you don’t see this option, it means your Mac is up to date.

If you want to find out how slow your WiFi is, you can easily perform a WiFi speed test from your computer or smartphone. Here’s how:

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Last but not least, positioning the wireless router is equally important. We’ve been putting our routers in the wrong place this whole time. Wifi signals are made of radio waves that have a shorter wavelength than AM radio and cell phones but longer than satellite tv. How can I make my wifi faster? There are several things you can do to make your wifi faster without paying more, and they mostly have to do with the placement of your wifi router.

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