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Old 04-15-2013, 05:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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To answer the above question, the main house computer runs off the same router.

I will figure out how to do those things and I will try it and see if it works. Thank you for the tips. I'm not sure how to check my driver version on the wireless adapter but I will check for that too.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:09 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Your issue is wifi signal. The easiest way to tell this is:

Right click on your wireless bar on the task bar
Click on open network and sharing center
Click on adapters
Right click on your wifi adapter and select status.

You will see a screen like this.



As you can tell, I have perfect signal but my connection speed is 72Mb/s. I'm on a 300N capable router and wireless card. If you have a lot of interference in your area, you're using the FiOS wireless function on the modem/router, or have a low signal that number is going to be low. If that number is lower than 72Mb/s you are going to have issues downloading. For instance, 54G (54Mb/s) at max signal will download around 2.5MB/s which is the max cap of 20Mb internet. Since you have 30Mb FiOS that is limiting your actual internet speed.

2 things to think about here. If you're using the FiOS wifi on the modem it has horrible speed, range, and runs rather slow. Your adapter is also USB, so you won't get the best signal or rates with it despite signal quality. Other things using the 2.4Ghz band will also affect speeds like microwaves, wireless headphones, other wifi around your house, ect.

If you can, I suggest taking the USB dongle back and getting a wireless card with at least 2 antennas. It will have a "Multimedia/gaming" mode which will run it at full power always. You will get the best speeds this way.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:57 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I don't see the adapters option in the network and sharing screen.


Also, I have noticed my phone is getting these same problems. Maybe it is the signal. But why would the signal be doing this out of nowhere? I have been running fine with this router and set up for over a year.
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It's a link on the left that says change adapter settings.

Your router could be having problems and might need to be reset or power refreshed.
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