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Re: Slow wireless

From: Keith Clark <keithclark_at_nospam>
Date: Sat Oct 08 2011 - 03:12:00 GMT
To: users@lists.fedoraproject.org

On Fri, 2011-10-07 at 23:04 -0400, Sam Varshavchik wrote:
> Keith Clark writes:
>
> > I'm running Fedora 15 on a laptop with a Broadcom 4318 wireless card.
> > The Network Settings shows I'm connected at 54 Mbps, but my actual
> > download speeds tested with speedtest.net show only about 0.15 Mbps
> > download and 0.24 Mbps upload. My service is 2 Mbps download and 0.5
> > Mbps upload.
> >
> > I'm using the B43 driver.
> >
> > Any ideas on how to correct this?
>
> The first thing to do is to figure out exactly what that needs correcting.
>
> speedtest.net does not measure the speed between your laptop and your
> router, they measure the speed between you, and their servers. The same goes
> for any other web-based bandwidth measuring service. None of them have a
> magical ability to hack into your wireless router, and open a direct
> connection from your wireless router and your laptop, in other to measure
> how fast you can fling packets to your router, obviously. All they can do is
> measure how fast you can download something from them.
>
> Unless you are sitting in speedtest.net's data center, and your wireless
> connection goes directly to their network, your speed will also be obviously
> impacted by your Internet provider's performance, and every Internet
> provider between your provider, and theirs.
>
> So, in order to confirm that you have a wireless performance problem, you
> will need to perform exactly the same test, but this time with a wired
> connection to your router. If your bandwidth is now close to your expected
> 2mbps bandwidth, then only that would demonstrate an issue with your
> wireless setup. If you still end up getting subpar bandwidth, your wireless
> bandwith would obviously not be your issue.
>

Hey Sam,

Sorry I didn't mention that before. Yes, I've tried wired and I get the
correct speeds as they should be. 2 Mbps download and 0.5 Mbps upload.

Keith

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