Slow Wireless LAN ?

  RISC OS user 15 Jul 12
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My HP Pavilion dv6 6GB of RAM appears very slow, and the WLAN also appears to be slow. I also have an HP Pavilion P6325 UK desktop which has an Intel i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. I have run 2 speed test one after the other on each computer in turn at various times and the Laptop always give a much lower speed than the Desktop. They are both connected to the same router, SpeedTouch ST 585 v6. The Desktop is via a wired LAN and the Laptop via the Wireless LAN. The Router shows a Bandwidth of 5495/440, and the WLAN has a Maximum of 54Mbps, the LAN shows a 100Mbps Maximum. Is this common or can I improve the Laptop internet speed? When I purchased the Laptop I was advised that the AMD with 4 processors would be as fast as the i5 computer, this does not appear correct any other thoughts on this please. Desktop speed 4703/361, Laptop speed 2677/343 some times slower! The Laptop is only 6 feet from the router.

  KRONOS the First 15 Jul 12

Wireless will always be slower than wired, and what CPU you have has no impact of the speed of your internet connection. You could get a better router. I assume that the Thompson was supplied by your ISP?

  RISC OS user 15 Jul 12

Yes it was about 5 years ago by Tiscali, I also have its replacement from Plusnet which I do not like very much. I have thought to replace them, but with what... I do not want to spent a fortune on one that may not be any better. Do you have any suggestions?

  KRONOS the First 15 Jul 12

For reliability I like Netgear but the one I have is not the best but as my PC's are all connected via Ethernet cable it has not really bothered me. But I have just bought a Nexus 7 and the wireless is not particularly great so am looking to upgrade myself in the near future.

I have no doubt others will advice an a suitable router.

  rdave13 15 Jul 12

Router I bought, using Plusnet, was this one. Works well and I updated the firmware. Surprised at some of the negative feedbacks on Amazon but I've had no trouble at all. Provisionally bought as a backup to a D-Link router but I'm using this instead. Cheap and effective.

  KRONOS the First 15 Jul 12

I have just bought this,Netgear I hope it is as reliable as the DG834 V4 it will replace.

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