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    testing wireless speeds?
    I just bought a wireless router and I was wondering if there is any way you can test how many mbps you are getting when you are connected wirelessly. I have heard that most high end wireless routers never get anywhere near 54mbps and usually only achieve around 16 at best. I don't care if mine is slow, i just want to know what it is.

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    google it down my friend , just type internet speed testers on google

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    And 16mbp is faster then most ISPs
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    Communications 4.6 megabits per second
    Storage 555.9 kilobytes per second
    1MB file download 1.8 seconds
    Subjective rating Awesome

    So does that mean that I am getting 4.6 out of my router's 54 mbps wireless capabilities?

    Thanks in advance.

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    now its...

    Communications 11.2 megabits per second
    Storage 1.3 megabytes per second
    1MB file download 0.8 seconds
    Subjective rating Unbelievable

    Communications 5.9 megabits per second
    Storage 719.6 kilobytes per second
    1MB file download 1.4 seconds
    Subjective rating Awesome

    Communications 11.2 megabits per second
    Storage 1.3 megabytes per second
    1MB file download 0.8 seconds
    Subjective rating Unbelievable

    Weird that it fluctuates so much and I am not moving around the room.

    But what exactly does it mean that it is flucuating, and does it really mean that I am only getting 1/5 of the wireless capabliity at best?

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    i guess ur internet provider didnt give u a fixed speed service, here i have a perminent 2 MBpS 365 days 24hrs a day , slow yes , but its always that way which makes me feel better than being on a random bandwidth

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    well now i am doing a separate test that is continuous. I think that one was a little shaky. Right now I am hugging the 5.18-5.38 area pretty consistently. I would say that is pretty good. I haven't dipped below 5.0 since the first couple of seconds. Its been going for 5 mins now.

    I guess that means that I am getting 1/10th of what I could be getting from my router.

    Which makes me wonder, how can they (being router companies) legitimately market these routers at 54 mbps per second? I know what my internet connection is when I plug it into the wall here (nearly 50 mbps consistently) so how can they advertise 54mbps when they don't do nearly that?

    And before you say that I am lying about my internet connection being 50mbps I'll tell you that I am on a college campus, and my dorm is one of the slowest connections on campus. If I were to go to some of the new dorms I would get 100mbps. Gotta love in state tutition :-)

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    so i just finished the test.

    The test consistently gave me higher and higher ratings. Near the end of the test i was getting 7.5 mbps which is rather fast apparently. I hope this helps people in the future.

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    dude , my dads office has a 100MBpS so the speed isnt an issue , its weird that u are getting turtel slow internet when u can have that much speed , what router are u using ??

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    I know what's wrong. I am not actually getting the 50mbps. I just hooked up the router in my friend's room down the hall and it works like a charm in there! i am definitely calling someone on monday about this one.

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    It can't measure the speed of the router, thats measuring the speed of your internet connection

    You can test the speed of the router by transferring a file from one machine to another that are both 802.11g compatible and that are both showing maximum strength. Open activity monitor and look at the speed of the data going out of the machine that initiated the transfer and the in speed on the other
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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41
    It can't measure the speed of the router, thats measuring the speed of your internet connection

    You can test the speed of the router by transferring a file from one machine to another that are both 802.11g compatible and that are both showing maximum strength. Open activity monitor and look at the speed of the data going out of the machine that initiated the transfer and the in speed on the other
    Also using a big file will take longer so you can get an average if its fluctuating, so maybe a short home movie, or a folder of pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41
    And 16mbp is faster then most ISPs

    Mbps or MBps

    big diff

    16mbps is like 2MB which is alot slower then most ISP's these days.



    A 54mbps router can transfer speeds at a max speed of 6.75MB/s , that speed is also split between as many users connect to the router most likely, pending on router.

    Your campus likely has multiple T3's or T'1 or even an OC3 connection, which we are then talking about MB not mb.

    The router makers are not lying, their speeds are given asd they advertise, otherwise they would be in court by now.

    a 100mb network (as in your network card) can only do 12.5MB/s in thery, but then you have overhead of protocol's so your more likely to get around 10MB /s, same with wireless routers, also what ever encryption you have turned on can also slow down speeds.

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    I am sorry, I don't know the difference between MB and mb can you clarify for me?
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    I am sorry, I don't know the difference between MB and mb can you clarify for me?

    MegaBYTE vs. MegaBIT

    http://www.oempcworld.com/support/MB_vs_Mbits.htm

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