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Old 07-25-2011, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my laptop gets 5mbps while my desktop keeps getting .5 or lower every time. I have an old wireless adapter in the pci slot, should I get a new adapter? Is it something running on my pc? My anti virus is avg, not running. nothing is downloading or anything. thanks guys
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Location, Location, Location. Are they the same distance away from the router? Are they both 802.11 B/G/N? What is the manufacturer of the 2?
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yes they are both up in my room, a floor above the wireless router (I have ATT DSL, router/modem is all in one). The pci card is linksys, the dell laptop one is just a stock one that came in the laptop. I looked in device manager and my pc one says 802.11 b/g wireless adapter, laptop says dell wireless 1397 WLAN mini card. On my desktop I cant even play a youtube video all the way through
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What model is that Dell?
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im thinking about just buying this, I have heard great things Newegg.com - TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128 bits WEP WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES)
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the laptop uses b/g as well. Could just be the signal strength.
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If I am not mistaken, both the wireless card in your desktop and laptop use a chip from Broadcom, or something similar.
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Do you think getting that new adapterbi posted would help?
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Does your PCI card have a high gain or standard antenna? The antenna in a laptop is normally similar to that of a high gain, as it uses the outside of the LCD panel as the antenna, so it has a large area for your signal to transmit and receive on. What is your signal strength on both systems? Also, what does the wireless card actually say it is connecting at on both systems? On my laptop it shows 37.9Mbps, it's very random, and constantly changing.

Also, if you have a lot of metal/cables around the antenna on the desktop, look at moving it away, or positioning the antenna so there isn't much metal/live wires between it and the router.

I would probably say, if your signal strength is low, go ahead and get a higher gain antenna instead of a USB adapter, as those adapters just suck.

If you dont have wires surrounding your antenna, and it's just a weak signal, this looks to be a really nice one to get. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833998041

It's all up to you in the end, and what you can figure out.
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