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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-19-2010, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Not my download speed, the actual speed that the wireless software is advising. It goes to max 54mbs, to 36, to 54, to 11, to whatever... it fluctuates.

I will say that I had the router in the EXACT same position for well over 6 months with no issues until about a month ago. I borrowed a friend's known working wireless router to test and I have the same results. I used a secondary DSL modem I have as well just for testing purposes and the same result. With both routers I have updated to the latest firmware and my PCs have the latest drivers.

This happens my iPhone while connected to WiFi in my room as well, then when I move closer it fixes the issue, as well as my laptop and other laptops I've tested with. So that eliminates PC/Phone issues.

While the speed fluctuates I am showing a Very Good to Excellent signal.

Today I went to freeantennas.com and created an antenna that piggybacks onto the router, though the issue still happens.

I'd really rather not move the router as it would require phone and network lines to be ran across the house. I'm just a bit boggled as to why this happens now and not before.

For testing purposes on both routers I changed the channel from the default 6 to 1 and also 11, all the time still having the issue. Any advice would be great, thanks for reading!
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In my exeperience, the wireless speeds always fluctuate, no matter what the signal strength shows. I've had the same experience using b, g or n router/access points. I usually blame it on the weather. Refreshing the connection will usually bring it back to whatever you max router speed is, but it will fade again, as it will also ride up again, on it's own.
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In my exeperience, the wireless speeds always fluctuate, no matter what the signal strength shows. I've had the same experience using b, g or n router/access points. I usually blame it on the weather. Refreshing the connection will usually bring it back to whatever you max router speed is, but it will fade again, as it will also ride up again, on it's own.
It's to the point though that it will interrupt browsing and lock up some of my work programs. It eventually clears itself up, or like you said use the repair option.

It's just pissing me off because I can't figure it out, while there was no issue before. I started thinking maybe a neighbors channel was conflicting with mine, but I tried a few different ones to no avail.

PS: All my equipment is G
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Mine fluctuates like that, but its never given me any problems with actual download speeds. If you aren't having that kind of trouble, I'd just ignore it. You can always check for consistency by going to speedtest.net and running a speed test.

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Mine fluctuates like that, but its never given me any problems with actual download speeds. If you aren't having that kind of trouble, I'd just ignore it. You can always check for consistency by going to speedtest.net and running a speed test.
It's affecting bandwidth for sure...

I've tested from 2 laptops and my iPhone while on the WiFi from my room.

I didn't happen to screenshot what I was testing from my phone. This is sitting in the exact same spot for all the tests. Yes I know... ATT is slow. This is with their 3mb connection.

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