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Old September 13th, 2010, 04:40 AM
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Default WRN2000 Download Speed - wired vs wireless

I work in IT and have quite a bit of experience with wireless (back when 802.11b was "it").
Installed new Comcast triple play last week - thought i'd make life easy, so I got a WRN2000 300 mbps router along with the "matching" USB adapter for my home PC.
When connected directly to the Comcast modem OR connected via Cat 6 to the WRN2000, I'm getting download speeds of nearly 50 Mbps.
HOWEVER, when I go wireless the download speed drops to 15-30 Mbps.

All tests were done using speedtest.net

Since this is new, I have NO security turned on (rural area, ONE neighbor). The signal strenght is "very good", and the speed reported is consistantly over 240 Mbps (when in use).

Not that I'm being greedy, but shouldn't I be getting the same speeds?
Could this be a limitation of the port speed on the USB?

What am I missing?
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Old September 13th, 2010, 05:26 AM
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You need to comfirm with support on WAN throughout of this router if supports 50Mbps if you test with PC wires to tje router

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Old September 13th, 2010, 06:04 AM
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Default Re: WRN2000 Download Speed - wired vs wireless

What? I don't understand what you are saying... The router supports 300Mbps... it obviously supports 50Mbps when cabled when connected via one of the 4 ethernet ports...

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Wan throughput!!

Do you know WAN means?
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Old September 13th, 2010, 07:17 AM
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Default Re: WRN2000 Download Speed - wired vs wireless

Of course... The issue is the response itself... it's not sentence? What is your point?

This is a fairly straightforward issue... When using the WRN2000 ethernet port, my download is fast. When using the same PC and a NetGear Wireless USB adapter, download speeds are not nearly as fast.

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Wireless will have overhead , latency and lag so you never reach same results and PC wiresto the router
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Well if a 300Mbps wireless router will only do 30Mbps, then why bother with it at all? 10% throughput it pretty poor considering there is no other traffic on the device (it's currently servicing ONE pc).

I'm afraid I don't see the same results using our wireless AP's in our warehouse... only time we see latency is when the signal is below 70%. However, we are using Symbol AP's and Cisco routers.

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Talked to NetGear Tech support (India, I'm sure)... Basically went round-n-round with her...

She said: "No matter how fast your internet download speed is, it will be cut in HALF by using Wireless vs. Ethernet"

So when using the WRN2000 router (300 mbps), if my internet connection speed were 1 Mbps, then my wireless download speed would be 500 Kbps?

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There are some processing losses in transferring data from a wireless client to another client (wireless or wired) or the Internet but nothing like the loss you are experiencing.

My router for example is a WNDR3700, it has a WAN-LAN throughput of around 400Mbps and my ISP service is up to 50Mbps. A wireless connection with my router will give me a transfer from the WAN of 50Mbps (or whatever the connection is doing at the time) without any noticeable loss at all.

LAN to LAN transfers are significantly higher than that, approaching 100Mbps but that’s through walls / floors.

The WNR2000 is capable of near 100Mbps WAN-LAN throughput so you should have similar results to me for WAN transfers with your 50Mbps connection.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/index...art&Itemid=189

The WAN should not be a bottleneck for your 50Mbps service, and according to this chart you should also not be heavily limited by the wireless connection (subject to distance / objects etc).

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wirel...owall=&start=3

It seems to me that something is slugging your connection. You could check for wireless collisions in the Router Status / Show Statistics page, this may show collisions if you are in range of a ‘deaf node’ and in that case changing channel to 1, 6, or 11 may help. Otherwise non-networking 2.4GHz devices could be causing problems e.g. video senders, baby monitors etc. Also if the router is too close to the modem (less than 3 feet) this can result in significant wireless interference (even though the modem isn’t a 2.4GHz wireless device).
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Default Re: WRN2000 Download Speed - wired vs wireless

I think it still wan throughput issue but user states fine with wired so assume means speed is okay but not wireless


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