01-30-2009, 06:05 PM
| || |
Join Date: Jan 2009
The usual cause for high pings and slow speeds is that someone is downloading on the same connection. If anyone has either your upload or download maxxed out, this tends to happen. Torrent files are especially bad because they will easily max out your upload and attempt to do the same to your download. But basically anything that uses a lot of your speed may cause significant slowdown (even high-res video streaming or webcam chat).
There are two other things to consider besides that. One is that some machines that are connected wirelessly may not be seeing the transmissions of the others. If this is the case, lowering the RTS threshold on your router may help (this makes other wireless radios be quiet when packets larger than a certain size need to be sent). This will cause a small slowdown at times, but I'm sure you won't notice it, especially if it fixes your problem.
The last thing I can think of is that you might have the wireless unsecured and someone else has gotten in and is using it for downloading. The best way to secure it is to use WPA2 with AES encryption if you have the option. Also use a very long key of random digits (http://www.yellowpipe.com/yis/tools/.../generator.php
). If you find some computers cannot access the internet even though you have put in the correct key, then set the security down to WPA. Do not use WEP except as a last resort, because anyone can crack that.
Last edited by bp2008; 01-30-2009 at 06:08 PM..