10Meg NTL Broadband via a Cable modem not set top box.
Routed Using a NETGEAR WGR614 (54G) fixed in g mode.
full rate broadband available to the wired section of the network (8-9Meg), however on the wireless side only 4Meg is available.
All computers have 54g wireless cards and have been forced into g mode only. all other detected wireless networks in the area are using different channels. The network is secure and signal strength is 90% on all computers.
I really have no idea on this one. I upgraded to 54g due to maxing out the broadband connection on my old belkin 11b router. I have since been through a Linksys 54g and a bellkin 54g router trying to solve this problem. I am absolutely stumped as to why we can't get any more than 4 meg over the wireless. Incidently this was the maximum speed we got on the 11b router. The only thing I can think of is that i'm missing either a setting on the router or in XP.
I really would be gratefull for any suggestions as this is driving me nuts.
The most reliable method I have been using www.adlsguide.org.uk speedtest. Other realworld test have been trying identicle downloads from a test server that I know the relative speed and routing for In general the downloads also show a maximum download speed of around 600Kb per second where as on the wired network the dowloads reach 1000 -1200 Kb per second
Is there any way you could measure the speed between 2 wireless PCs?
hmm I don't really know, the only time I've ever tested speed between two pc's over a network has been using Ping from the command prompt. As you'ed expect in this case its reporting below 1ms trasfer rates for 32 byte data lumps, which isn't very usefull.
I will look into this a bit more and try to find some software that can give me some accurate cross network speed test info.
Did you finally solve your problem?
I'm experiencing exactly the same issue (7-8 Mb wired; 3-4 Mb wireless) and I'm very stunned at that.
Yesterday a guy from the ADSL technical support got 7-8 Mb wireless connecting his own laptop to my router!, so it seems clear the issue has to be on my 2 laptops (by the way, located near the router).
I've updated the drivers, but no results.