Ok, i was using WEP encryption...which i learned limits speed.
I changed to wpask+aes and now i get 50 mbps downloads vs 26 mbps with wep.
Huge difference...is 50 mbps the best i can do wifi? My wired speed is 100 mbps down (tested on speedtest)
My wifi router is 3 feet from my laptop always. There is usually no other device using the internet while i am.
Generally, the only other thing connected to my router is my ipad, which is just sitting on standby.
So, no other devices are actually using any bandwidth.