I am having trouble with slow wifi speeds. I am using a Motorola SBG901 wifi modem (no router) with security enabled. Plugging directly into the modem, the speed is great, however the wifi is slow. It doesn't matter if I am right next to the modem even. I have tried connecting with both my laptop and desktop (one is windows XP and one is windows 7) and the same thing happens. It connects for about 30 seconds at 54 Mbps and then immediately starts dropping, ending up usually at 1Mbps and that's it, statys at 1. I live in an area with a lot of wifi networks, not sure if something may be interfering or what the issue is. The signal is always listed as excellent even though the speed is slow.
Ok, I can log into the modem like that. But you haven't told me how to change channels?
When you log in , you should see some Tabs. Look for Wireless and then you should see settings that you can change. Then change the channel to one of the channels between 1 and what ever top channel is available to you.
Thanks for the input. I have an App on my Droid X callled WiFi Analyzer that performs the same function but not everyone has a Droid and these two programs seem to be a valuable addition to the Troubleshooting toolset.
One other thing to try. Go into your router configuration and select only the wireless protocols you need. If you do not have any devices slower than g or n on your network, then disable b. The wireless routers work like a party line when you have other adjacent routers on the same channel or interference with adjacent chanels. When your neighbor turns on his old Palm running at b or turns on that old printer that only supports b, your router slows down to that speed temporarily to maintain communication.
I just recently switch from ATT to comcast. The first thing I notice was the speeds were incredible fast
(Hardwired) but then when I connected my other devices (wifI) I notice speeds were crappy!. I kept looking and looking until I stumble upon a post that referee to switch From WPA2 --> WPA because WPA2 would slow down speeds. So i gave it shot and I went from 3Mbps to 25 Mbps Download Speeds! And before my speeds were really inconsistent, but now my speeds are stable. So switching from WPA2 --> WPA worked for me.
"Some techies point out that using WPA2 requires Wi-Fi hardware to work harder in running the more advanced encryption algorithms, which can theoretically slow down the network's overall performance compared to running WPA."