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Dell Inspiron 1150 - Wireless Speed Problem (Very Slow)

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Anonymous
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March 27, 2005 2:34:33 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Hi Guys

I just received my Dell 1150 with Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN card.

While all other laptops in the office (Dell m510 / HP z4940) can connect to
the Internet (through Orinoco Access Point) at speeds as high as
200Kbits/Sec, the Dell 1150 feels like on dial-up with speeds never reaching
in excess of 5Kbits/sec and frequently falling below 1Kbits/sec.

Obviously, all settings have been triple checked and are identical to the
other machines. Signal strength is shown as "Excellent".

I have already contacted Dell Tech Support but was hoping that someone in
this group can help me out as the same problem seems to have been around for
a while in DellTalk (though no solution was provided) and Dell Tech Support
is not known to be very fast.

Thanks in advance

Regards,

Reto
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
March 27, 2005 2:34:34 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Reto Walker wrote:
> Hi Guys
>
> I just received my Dell 1150 with Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN card.
>
> While all other laptops in the office (Dell m510 / HP z4940) can
> connect to the Internet (through Orinoco Access Point) at speeds as
> high as 200Kbits/Sec, the Dell 1150 feels like on dial-up with speeds
> never reaching in excess of 5Kbits/sec and frequently falling below
> 1Kbits/sec.
>
> Obviously, all settings have been triple checked and are identical to
> the other machines. Signal strength is shown as "Excellent".
>
> I have already contacted Dell Tech Support but was hoping that
> someone in this group can help me out as the same problem seems to
> have been around for a while in DellTalk (though no solution was
> provided) and Dell Tech Support is not known to be very fast.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Regards,
>
> Reto

Stay late and try your connection when most users have teminated their
connections. The problem can be as simple as sharing an already full
pipe.

Q
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
March 27, 2005 4:42:20 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Reto Walker wrote:
> Hi Guys
>
> I just received my Dell 1150 with Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN card.
>
> While all other laptops in the office (Dell m510 / HP z4940) can connect to
> the Internet (through Orinoco Access Point) at speeds as high as
> 200Kbits/Sec, the Dell 1150 feels like on dial-up with speeds never reaching
> in excess of 5Kbits/sec and frequently falling below 1Kbits/sec.
>
> Obviously, all settings have been triple checked and are identical to the
> other machines. Signal strength is shown as "Excellent".
>
> I have already contacted Dell Tech Support but was hoping that someone in
> this group can help me out as the same problem seems to have been around for
> a while in DellTalk (though no solution was provided) and Dell Tech Support
> is not known to be very fast.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Regards,
>
> Reto
>
>
First off, what speed are you connecting to the access point at? I
presume you're in Windows; it should say the connection rate when you
hover your mouse over the wireless connection icon in the lower right
hand side of your start bar (if it's not there, check under Control
Panel -> Network Conncetions). Have you tried connecting to another PC
on your LAN? The simplest test in Windows ought to be to share a
directory on another PC, and transfer over a relatively large file and
see how long it takes (note this will give you the effective bandwith
which is roughly 5.5Mbps = 670KBps for a 802.11B connecting at 11Mbps).

Also what speed is your external connection (In Kbps or Mbps) and what
type of connection is it (eg. DSL, Cable, T1, ISDN, etc.)? 200Kbps is
very low for most broadband connections, DSL tends to start at 768Kbps
and cable around 1.5Mbps (unless you meant to say you gett 200KBps --
note the capital B). Just to be clear, when I use a lower case b I'm
talking bits, when I use capital B I mean bytes (8 bits to a byte), so
200KBps is fairly reasonable for DSL, Cable or a T1.

Finally, this may be obvious, but have you tested multiple servers?
Perhaps the computer you're connecting to on the web has a fairly low
upload bandwith. Try a speed test at dslreports.com or download.com
(select any file, and "Clock It!" should be on the right of the download).
!