As was foretold, we've added advertisements to the forums! If you have questions, or if you encounter any bugs, please visit this thread: https://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/240191/forum-advertisement-faq-and-reports-thread/
Options

Desktop wireless slower than notebook wireless

RaslinRaslin Registered User regular
edited May 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
This problem has been perplexing me for a while now, and frankly makes me want to break things.

So, the core of the problem is, I decided to get a wireless card for my desktop, so I could move it into my bedroom(with my router in the living room on the other side of the house). I realized I would take a hit in connection, but seeing as I get a good connection with my laptop(browsing, streaming video fine. Gaming a little slow, sometimes), I figured I would be ok.

So, I got some fairly cheap wireless G card for christmas. It was horrible, would barely connect ever, etc. So, I decided it was because it was a cheap, crappy card, so I bought a new one. Got a new belkin Pre-N card from Woot, which boasted better connection over G networks(router is G). It came, I installed it, and it worked really well for the first week or so, but then went back to bad speeds. Better than the old card, but pretty much impossible to game on, and it takes about 5x longer to stream a video than to watch it.

I just don't get it. This is a shitty laptop. Bought it in 2006 for $650, while I built my desktop in 2007 for $650. The wireless card was like $50 or something for the desktop(not included in the $650). There's no way, in my mind anyways, that the laptop has a better card, and it sure as hell doesn't have better specs. They both use XP professional.

TL;DR, older laptop outperforms newer desktop on wireless connection by a large margin. Desktop has better card, same OS, both in same location. Newest firmware on the desktop card. Why?

I cant url good so add me on steam anyways steamcommunity.com/id/Raslin

3ds friend code: 2981-6032-4118
Raslin on

Posts

  • Options
    DrFrylockDrFrylock Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    RF can be a funny thing. Where's the desktop card's antenna? If it's sticking out of the card, there's a big metal box right next to it pumping out RF noise...

    DrFrylock on
  • Options
    RaslinRaslin Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    DrFrylock wrote: »
    RF can be a funny thing. Where's the desktop card's antenna? If it's sticking out of the card, there's a big metal box right next to it pumping out RF noise...

    It doesn't have a physical attenna, but the card stick out of the back of the PC

    Wouldn't it be the same for the laptop though?

    Raslin on
    I cant url good so add me on steam anyways steamcommunity.com/id/Raslin

    3ds friend code: 2981-6032-4118
  • Options
    RaslinRaslin Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Strangely, disabling the firewall on the router increased the speed on my desktop about ten-fold, strange

    Second question: My connection gets disconnected if I try to log on to wow. Every time, and doesn't disconnect otherwise. My brother is playing on the same connection(different accounts though). Would that be doing it?

    Edit: Tons of people have this problem, apparently. Blizzard, let me play your game.

    Raslin on
    I cant url good so add me on steam anyways steamcommunity.com/id/Raslin

    3ds friend code: 2981-6032-4118
  • Options
    vonPoonBurGervonPoonBurGer Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Raslin wrote: »
    It doesn't have a physical attenna, but the card stick out of the back of the PC
    The bit that sticks out the back of the PC is the antenna. You can't have wireless without some kind of antenna. I'm guessing it's like a little rectangle of plastic? There's probably a loop of cable inside it that functions as the antenna. It's unfortunate you don't have a detachable stick-style antenna, because if you did you could use something like this to move your reception point to a better location.
    Raslin wrote: »
    Wouldn't it be the same for the laptop though?
    If your notebook has built-in Wifi, it's probably got a much bigger/better antenna. I know on my girlfriend's MacBook the Wifi antenna is gigantic, it actually runs around the outside of the screen housing. The large size and surface area of the antenna leads directly to improved reception. If you can't get a higher gain antenna for your desktop, or move the desktop antenna closer to the access point / away from sources of RF interference, then you will probably need to move the AP closer to the desktop.

    vonPoonBurGer on
    Xbox Live:vonPoon | PSN: vonPoon | Steam: vonPoonBurGer
Sign In or Register to comment.