Slow wireless

Keith Clark keithclark at
Sat Oct 8 04:09:48 UTC 2011

On Sat, 2011-10-08 at 00:02 -0400, Sam Varshavchik wrote:
> Keith Clark writes:
> > Hey Sam,
> >
> > Sorry I didn't mention that before.  Yes, I've tried wired and I get the
> > correct speeds as they should be.  2 Mbps download and 0.5 Mbps upload.
> There are a few low-hanging fruits you can check, to eliminate the obvious.
> First, how many access points NetworkManager shows, besides your own. If you  
> have a bunch of other access points round you, your wireless frequency may  
> be saturated. You may or may not have better luck by reconfiguring your  
> wireless router to use a different channel.
> If your laptop is in a different room than your wireless router, or if you  
> have other devices connected to your wireless router: turn off all other  
> devices, take the laptop, and go sit next to your wireless router, connect  
> to it, and see how fast things move when you're right next to it.
Yeah, I thought of all that stuff too.  It works fine on another laptop
we have and it also used to work on this laptop running Ubuntu.

I really believe that this is an open firmware issue.


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