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I had Cox cable come out and they couldn't figure it either.

So I went to the store and bought a Netgear wireless router and usb adapter.

Somehow, I actually got connected!

Unfortunately, it is slow as s#!t...just like the old days on 56k. Pages load at a snail's pace.

Now, any ideas, anyone?
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You are using Firefox, correct?
Run a speed test from here: http://www.speedtest.net/
Post your ping, download, and upload speeds from a nearby server.
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I'm trying Firefox and IE. I ran the test thru Firefox.

Download--5.45
Upload--3.25
ping--38 ms

Is that below average? Things seem to be running better than yesterday, but many pages still load slow and streaming video seems jerky.

I've got a Netgear Wireless router and a Net Gear USB and the router says speed is 54 mbps and signal strength is excellent at 96%.

Edited by jones082, 02 July 2009 - 09:58 AM.

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Download--5.45
Upload--3.25
ping--38 ms

That is much faster than mine, and I never have any streaming or slow internet problems.

router says speed is 54 mbps

Same as with me.

Try Opera 10b1... from here: http://www.opera.com...ad/?ver=10.00b1
Use Opera Turbo: http://my.opera.com/...ome-opera-turbo

What is the model of the USB adapter... btw, I have a PCI adapter (don't know if that makes a difference though)
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I'm gonna try Opera now, thanks.

My usb adapter is Netgear Wireless-G USB Adapter WG111.
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Can you give me the make/model of your router too. Also the modem if you know.
This is your adapter: http://kb.netgear.co...model/a_id/2558 ,right?
Download the latest driver and install.

If that is not your one then check here: http://kbserver.netg...ducts/WG111.asp
You either have the WG111v.1, v.2, or v.3
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Router Netgear WGR614v7
Wireless USB Netgear WG111v3

I had shut my computer down for the night. Next morning, I could not connect. Router and USB say excellent connection, I can connect to the network with a laptop, but on the desktop, pages load so slowly that it times out!

I'm gonna try to re-install.

BTW, when I re-install and update the software, doesn't it install the latest drivers?

Just thought of something, does the router have it's own Firewall? If so, should disable my XP firewall, right?

Edited by jones082, 04 July 2009 - 11:54 AM.

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BTW, when I re-install and update the software, doesn't it install the latest drivers?

It should... for the USB adapter.

You can try updating the firmware for your router from here: http://kb.netgear.co...model/a_id/2589
To do this, you will have to connect to your router via a ethernet cable and logon to your router.

Just thought of something, does the router have it's own Firewall? If so, should disable my XP firewall, right?


Not so sure if the router has its own firewall...
Use Comodo as your firewall: http://personalfirew...d_firewall.html
During the install, only install the standalone firewall.
For a security suite, use Avast: http://www.avast.com...avast-home.html
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I already use Avast and Comodo, thanks.

And I found that Opera just goes faster in Turbo mode because it downloads without the detail. Kinda like the dial-up accelerators used to work. It's quicker, but everything is pixellated.

So I uninstalled everything, re-set the router (there's a little pin that you push with a paper clip) and then re-installed everything. And so far, I am connected again--though it's still not as fast as just hooking directly into the cable coax port.

I'm gonna leave well enough alone for a bit. This has driven me a little crazy.

Thank you very much, Edge2022, for your patience and for trying to help me along.
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And I found that Opera just goes faster in Turbo mode because it downloads without the detail. Kinda like the dial-up accelerators used to work. It's quicker, but everything is pixellated.

Correct... I don't mind the pixellation, speed matters more on a slow connection.

One more thing...
Use these malware scanners about once every 1-2 weeks.
Malwarebytes: http://malwarebytes.org/
And SuperAntiSpyware: http://www.superantispyware.com/

Dan hasn't been here in a while, but it looks like everything is sorted out for the most part. If you want better speed you can try a Wireless-N router and adapter.

Thank you for coming to Geeks To Go and I hope to see you around again sometime soon!
If you have anymore questions or problems, feel free to ask.
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