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I notice when online, through my wireless connection, that the speed seems tochange alot. When I hit the icon on the bottom right of the computer sometimes it says "Speed 24.0 Mbps, or Speed 54.0 Mbps, it seems to fluxuate alot. I notice when it says a speed other than 54.0 Mbps things load slower from web pages. Regardless of what the speed says, the Signal Strength always says" Excellent " and the status always says " " Connected."

Any help would be appreciated!

The router is a Linksys wirless G 2.4Ghz 54Mbps broadband router
The computer is a Sony s460 lap with the built in w/lan.

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Hi rjw0501!

The "speed numbers" are a bit of a misnomer and marketing ploy as your effective throughput (the speed of the data arriving thru your machine's NIC) will be less than the advertised. The 54Meg stuff is the speed of the data transmitting thru the air, but once the extra stuff is stripped from each packet as it arrives at your machine, the speed is slower.

Do you have your router or any of your wireless cards near cordless fones or microwave oven? One thing to check in your router and on your cards: can you set the speed manually. Everytime that speed goes up and down, you will take a performance hit.

ttysoon, SD
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