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What is killing my speed?


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Hey guys -

Right now, I have a desktop running Windows XP hardwired to my router, an Apple Airport Extreme. I also have a MacBook with OS X and an Airport Express to extend my network's range.

I just tested my desktop's speeds, getting 15,359 kb/s down and 1313 kb/s up (Comcast). The laptop, however, is getting only 4991 kb/s down and 891 kb/s up. I have full signal strength. I'm currently broadcasting on channel 11.

I have WPA encryption enabled. I've read that can make a difference, but isn't that on older hardware only?

Could it be a bad card inside the MacBook?

I tested again, this time I wired the MacBook to the router.

I was getting 12,148 down 1,321 up on the Windows desktop.

Wired to the router, I'm getting 4,355 down, 1073 up on the MacBook. This must mean its a setting on the laptop, right?

Any tips would be appreciated and if you have any questions that will help you to help me feel free to ask.
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What do you get when you bypass the router and plug the Macbook or the PC directly into the Modem?


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Since it does it even Wired to the router that rules out any Airport issues including WPA as Wired does not use Encryption nor Airport. That is a LARGE speed drop there. Not really sure what is going on. Try Baggss suggestion and report back. That really makes no sense especially wired like that.

I take my iBook to a friends and even with Wifi 2 rooms away from his router I get with Comcast Cable 15,000+kb/s like you are getting on your PC and this is WiFi and a distance away.
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