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Wireless connection not as good as it used to be!

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Hi, I have been with Sky broadband for a while now and am connected wirelessly via a Netgear wireless adapter attached to my desktop.

At first all was fine, speed was fast and i was always connected. but around 5 months ago i started to loose signal, speeds were terribly low, at times i couldnt connect, other times id be connected but couldnt browse cos it was soooo slow... etc.

I should be recieving 16MB of broadband speed from sky and i cant understand why its so slow. I would appreciate any help in finding out what the problem is and how i can resolve it as i have no knowledge in this area of computers.


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I am having a similar problem. I have a basic 1MB cable modem through Charter (local cable company). I actually downgraded from 5MB to 1MB about two weeks ago because I really didn't need it and it saved me $30 month.

Two nights ago my wireless connection just totally crapped out. Ultra slow and to the point where no webpages were loading. I connected my laptop straight to my cable modem and it was superfast, so I know the cable modem isn't the problem. I thought my router died, so I bought a new one, got it installed, and back online I was, though my connection was still a bit choppy.

I turned off the encryption the next morning and my wireless was alive and kickin'. But when I got home from work later that day it was right back to being choppy, almost back to the point a dial-up connection would be faster.

If I connect an ethernet cable from the wireless router to my laptop, it's still slow. If I plug it from my cable modem to my laptop, it's fast.

I only have one roommate and it's not like he's downloading mega-sized files all day; just surfing the web and using instant messenger. So I can't figure out why there's such a huge loss of speed through my wireless router all of a sudden. Any ideas?
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