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Old 11-11-2009, 03:17 AM
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Default Wireless Speed vs. Wired Speed

Thanks to anyone who can help:

I currently have Cox Cable internet service, using a new Motorola SB6120 modem and a Linksys WRT160N V2 wireless router.

I do not have an N wireless card (I have a G), so I understand I can't take advantage of some of the router speed. However, when I run my speed test, I get wildly varying results:

-when plugged directly into the router, my laptop gets down speeds of well over 60Mbps
-when using wireless, I'm getting about 18Mbps down

Now, my Cox service is only for 15Mbps down, so it's not like 18Mbps is bad. But I have no idea why such a large difference exists between plugging the ethernet cord in directly and using wireless.

I've done a bit of research and have tried reconfiguring my router, changing channels, playing with various thresholds and settings. Outside of changing the channel, the default setting are what have worked best.

I would expect some slowdown using wireless, but not this much. And I've been running these tests with my computer right next to the router, so it's not a signal issue (signal is 'Excellent'). Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance!
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