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Help Me !!! Please
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- 12-12-06, 11:57 AM #1
Help Me !!! Please
really stuck guys just had sky broadband installed am thick as **** dunno a lot about computers! my router is downstairs and i am running a wireless network to my usb adaptor upstairs ?
my download speed is 602kbps i am signed up to the max package and am 290 metres away from my closest exchange
- 12-12-06, 12:03 PM #2
You need to start by telling us what your router is synced at.
- Open a browser window and type 192.168.0.1 in the address bar
- Enter admin as the user name and sky as the password.
- Click the show statistics button at the bottom of the screen
What are your downstream connection speed, attenuation and noise margin figures?
- 12-12-06, 12:06 PM #3
System Up Time 00:28:46
Port Status TxPkts RxPkts Collisions Tx B/s Rx B/s Up Time
WAN PPPoA 13509 18223 0 2008 14108 00:27:18
LAN 10M/100M 121 0 0 17 0 00:28:44
WLAN 11M/54M 18523 14161 0 13696 2056 00:28:34
ADSL Link Downstream Upstream
Connection Speed 15323 kbps 766 kbps
Line Attenuation 13.5 db 7.9 db
Noise Margin 13.9 db 8.0 db
- 12-12-06, 12:20 PM #4
Well your connection stats are simply fantastic - lucky you
The two most obvious reasons for poor download speeds are
- an overloaded speedtest server
- non optimised TCP/IP settings
Check the first by trying a couple of other speedtest servers. This one is usually fairly reliable or this one. What speeds do you get?
If still reporting as slow then consider following this advice.
EDIT: Just noticed you are connecting wirelessly. Follow the first step above but in all probability your connection speed is being limited by your wireless connection. Wireless is inherently slow and if the signal is weak can be very slow.
Last edited by Saturday; 12-12-06 at 12:23 PM.
- 12-12-06, 12:40 PM #5
i have followed the instructions you gave mate but my speeds are still really slow
i dunno what else to do ? aparrently i cant have my broadband upstairs due to it not being the master socket ?
Last edited by heinze 4; 12-12-06 at 12:45 PM.
- 12-12-06, 01:05 PM #6
- 12-12-06, 01:10 PM #7
Well I think it is fairly probable that it's your wireless connection that is giving the problem. You could of course test this by temporarily moving your PC close enough to the router to connect it by cable.
With regard to "having" to use wireless, you actually have several options: some quite expensive and some not e.g.:
- you could buy a long RJ11 cable (the one that goes between the router and the phone socket). A 25m cable will cost less than £10 and will let you have the router next to the PC (other lengths are available if you don't need it this long).
- you could buy an ethernet cable of the appropriate length - again about £10 - and run that from your router to your PC
- you could install a dedicated extension from your master socket to your PC - probably about £20
- you could buy a powerline networking kit which will give you a network over your mains wiring - cost about £100
Or you could persevere with wireless. Changing channel may help as may experimenting with the router position and aerial orientation. Personally, with a connection as good as yours, I think wireless is always going to be a disappointment.
- 12-12-06, 01:15 PM #8
That's entirely correct - you don't have to plug your router into the master socket. However, normal house extensions are notorious for introducing noise leading to connection problems and/or reduced speeds. If yours works to your satisfaction then that's great.
- 12-12-06, 01:22 PM #9
i have a socket upstairs that is built into the wall i can make phone calls from it but cant get a dsl line out of it ! this is doing my head in lol i am sure there must be an easier solution to this hehe how do i change channels on my router etc
- 12-12-06, 01:35 PM #10
If you can't get ADSL on your extension then the wiring must be really bad.
To change wireless channels, log into your router and click wireless settings then experiment with different channels (bear in mind your USB adaptor will lose connection when you do this).
With regard to "easier solutions" buying a long cable, plugging it in and using a few cable clips doesn't sound too onerous to me as these things go.