Sorry about the OT post, but this group has a lot of smarts as a whole.
I have a Linksys wireless router and my home network seems to have
slowed down rather dramatically. Does anyone know how to test the speed
of a network? Even my dsl is damn slow now. I'm actually contemplating
trying The Geek Squad to assist if I can't get this figured out. Many
thanks to anyone who can help. Mark L.
I had a situation where I was getting terrible, inconsistent performance
with my DSL service. I don't have a wireless network, I have a two pc wired
network with a linksys router. I am not sure which component caused my
problems, but after I cleanly routed the wires away from all power sources
and the computers, my performance went right back to normal. I had
inadvertently kicked some wires around and really did not pay much attention
to how they were run. I was almost to the point of dropping DSL for cable.
Of course, tech support never mentioned to check how the wires from the
router and modem were run. They just ask if they are plugged in.
Hope this helps.
To compare internet access speed:
Other items to check - put the wireless PC right next to the wireless
router. There is some speed degradation with wireless distance.
The drop in performance is accessing the public internet as opposed to
transferring data on your local network between PC's in your house,
Before you do anything else, at least confirm the problem has something to
do with the router or is even at your end. Bypass the router and hook you
system directly to the internet. If you've still got a slowdown, then you
know the problem likely has nothing to do with your network.
Go here to test your broadband speed http://nyc.speakeasy.net /.
I assume you are using your pc over the air connection (wireless). If
you are using encryption option to communicate especially 128 bit
encryption it slows connection down considerably. (router has to do
lots of encryption/ decryption both ways). Turn off the encryption if
on, and see if it makes a difference. DSL is not that reliable you
will get lots of fluctuations in speed. Other possibility could be
the Linksys router. You can try connect directly to the DSL modem (
bypassing the router)to check if the linksys router is the culprit.
PC 's and equipment is the most unregulated manufacturing industry in
the world, very poor quality control, get it on the market first to
get the $$$$ and fix problems later mentality. To make it worse
retailers instead of getting rid of and not selling inferior or
products that don't work punish the consumer by charging 10 - 15%
restocking fees when you return a product that does not function.
Compusa is the bigest culprit. My modis opperendi is if doesn't work
properly or I spend more than 20 minutes waiting for tech support on
the phone it goes back for refund period.
As well as the other suggestions, you should check that no one else is
hijacking your bandwidth.
You wireless router is probably able to talk to any wireless network cards
within 200yds so
someone else may be hitching a free ride on your network.
When I added wireless at home, I was able to connect to my neighbours
wireless router and then
get onto the internet through his adsl line.
If this is happening, most routers allow you to restrict access to only
accept known MAC addresses
I had thought about that too, but I don't see the lights on the modem go
on when I'm not using it. If someone were hijacking my dsl line, the
modem lights would be flashing even when I'm not online myself.
Start with the basics.
1) Look at the wireless admin interface and see if anyone is pirating a
signal if you have more wireless connection than PC's in the house....
2) Virus scan, worm scan trojan scan.. Every machine on the network
3) p2p networks like kazaa and the like?
My money is on some viral infestation...
Or the last few versions of AIM. Took 6 hours to clean the adware/crap off
one of my home network boxes after letting my teenage daughter use it for
the summer, and before getting her a new laptop ... and I don't even want to
see/know what that looks like by now.
Try to cut the problem in half. Test how long it takes to transfer a file
from one PC to another. This takes the internet out of the equation but
still uses the router somewhat. I used this to determine that my slowdown
was somewhere upstream of the router. My problem turned out to be a surge
suppressor I was using on the coax cable line coming into the modem. I
unplugged it and things work fine. I used Qcheck from www.ixiacom.com to
test my transfer speed across the network, it is free and seems to do a
pretty good job.
Open up your favorite browser, point it to your Linksys's IP address.
Go into the "advanced" tab, take a look at succsesful vs. dropped packets,
wired and wireless both. Depending on what you see there, well,
take a look at which one has problems. Depending on your firmware,
you either have a "restart counters" button there, or you can unplug
power from it & plug it back in to reset them. If you're dropping packets,
that would be the first suspect. If you're dropping wireless packets,
change to a different channel (er, on both devices) and see if it changes.
Just a start, but I see there are other responses and I bet we all aer
saying pretty much the same thing. That or I'm completely wrong, which
has happened before as well.
heh... just yesterday 7-29-04 I set up a linksys router in my apt... cable to modem
to router to eMac by wire, then wireless to win-xp computer. I am thrilled by how
well it works, having invested $110, no slow-downs on the xp box. Too often
there is a cut-off and the connection (wireless) must be "refreshed" but that is
still easy. you might try the repair button in your linksys software as well as a
refresh. But I do have cable internet, not dsl... cable is faster (gloat).
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