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    Wireless network speed

    OK, I have a Linksys router on my home PC.

    http://www.linksys.com/Products/prod...id=35&prid=601

    And a Linksys USB adapter in the car.

    http://www.linksys.com/products/prod...id=36&prid=612

    When I establish a network connection between my home and car, I'm only getting a speed of 1.0 mbps in the car.

    Are the USB's on a M10K highspeed???

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    1. how far away from the AP is your car's antenna?
    2. is there anything in between the two like electrical wiring, steel doors, etc that may be causing interference?
    3. are there any other devices that use the 2.4Ghz band operational while you are trying the link (microwaves, wireless cameras, cordless phones)?

    Those will affect your throughput. You are at least gitting a link, which is a good sign.

    The USB ports on the m10000 are USB2.0. WinMe does not natively support usb2.0, so you have to download the drivers here
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC
    1. how far away from the AP is your car's antenna?
    2. is there anything in between the two like electrical wiring, steel doors, etc that may be causing interference?
    3. are there any other devices that use the 2.4Ghz band operational while you are trying the link (microwaves, wireless cameras, cordless phones)?

    Those will affect your throughput. You are at least gitting a link, which is a good sign.

    The USB ports on the m10000 are USB2.0. WinMe does not natively support usb2.0, so you have to download the drivers here
    1. The adapter in the car is about 6' away from the car radio antenna. The adapter in the car is about 50' away from the router in the house. (Note: Web pages download very quickly in the car.)

    2. Router is in the house, car is in the driveway, (50'). No other devices operational.

    3. No other devices operational.

    Web access works fine and fast. Problems arise when I attempt to transfer files from home PC to car PC. Also, when I attempt to downlaod a program, (Mediacar) from the internet in the car, the connection keeps getting reset by the peer.

    I'm thinking I just don't have everything configured properly. Any step by step how to's available for configuring? Remember, I'm not terribly literate on these configurations.

    Thanks again.

    P.S. Forgot to mention that I updated OS on both computers to XP Pro.
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    The router may be set to a max speed of 1Mbps. In the wireless settings in the router setup, there is a max speed setting, a channel setting, etc. It is also possible that you're getting "noise" on that channel from something else. I've noticed that most APs default to like channel 6. You can try changing the channel you use and see if that helps.
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    The following was taken from http://www.wifialliance.com/OpenSection/range.asp?TID=2

    Quote Originally Posted by WiFi Alliance
    Wi-Fi, or IEEE 802.11b, speed decreases the farther you move from the base station. For example, when you are close to the base station, your Wi-Fi computer should be able to get the full 11 Mbps data rate. Move farther away, and depending on environment, the data rate will drop to 5.5 Mbps. Move even farther, and the data rate will drop to 2 Mbps, and finally to 1 Mbps. But getting just 1 Mbps throughput is still a perfectly acceptable performance level. 1 Mbps is faster than most DSL and cable connections, which means it's still a satisfactory high-speed transmission if you're sending and receiving e-mail, cruising the Internet or just performing data entry tasks from a mobile computer.


    To improve your Wi-Fi network's range and performance, try experimenting with the placement of your base station, antennas and client devices like laptop computers and PDAs. If you can move your base station and its Internet connection, try different positions around the room. Put your base station and its antenna high up, off the floor and away from metal, power supplies and electrical outlets and wiring. Sometimes just swiveling the antennas or angling your base station can measurably improve range.
    While it does not specifically mention the g standard, the same things apply
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    oh, and by the way that router is hackable
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    ive heard that changing to channel 2 helps...i was on 6 and i changed to 2 and it did help according to the wireless LAN monitor.

    this may be just rumor, but a very very knowledgable computer guru friend told me this
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    I live quite close to other people who have TV Room extenders for inhouse use that work on the 2.4 mhz range. I also use them and have seen big differences in speed and range when they are all on. I moved the frequencies as far apart as I could and this helped.

    Quote Originally Posted by RaZor
    ive heard that changing to channel 2 helps...i was on 6 and i changed to 2 and it did help according to the wireless LAN monitor.

    this may be just rumor, but a very very knowledgable computer guru friend told me this
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    By default all new linksys wireless ap's are set to 1.0 mbps and need to be set to max in the wireless setup page

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC
    oh, and by the way that router is hackable
    LOL some people have WAY too much time on their hands.

    Edit: That was directed at the person that actually hacked the box, and not you btw.

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