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Wired network connections slower than wireless

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#1 Pavlo


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Posted 30 December 2008 - 11:46 PM

I have 3 computers connected to a LinkSys WRT54G, which is connected to a cable modem to connect to the internet:

1. Custom built computer AMD Athlon™ 64 3500+, 2.20 GHz, 2.00GB Ram, Window XP Service Pack 3

2. Dell XPS 410, Intel Core2 CPU 6700, 2.66 GHz, 2.00GB Ram, Windows Vista Home Premium

3. Acer laptop, Intel T2300 1.67GHz, 1.00GB Ram, Windows XP SP3

Computers 1 & 2 are hard wired to the router, computer 3 is connected via WiFi.

When I go to ModelRailroader.com and try to play the flash videos, the only computer that plays them smoothly is #3 which is connected via WiFi. The other 2 hard-wired computers will play the videos for a few seconds (between 5 and 30), then just sit there for up to 5 minutes, and then play a few more seconds of the videos.

If I hard wire #3 to the router, it will also exhibit the same behavior of large pauses in video playback.

I have used WireShark to gather some network data. There's a ton of stuff, and I really don't understand any of it, but it appears that the hard-wired connections have a lot of fast re-transmits.

Does anyone know what the next step is for me to speed up my wired connections? Remember that I don't really know much about networking, so use as much plain language as possible in your replies.


Edited by Pavlo, 31 December 2008 - 01:31 PM.

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#2 gavinseabrook


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Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:58 AM

Go to linksys.com and find a firmware upgrade. Then connect into the routers web interface and under administration, you will see a tab for firmware upgrade. Point to the file you downloaded from linksys and click the upgrade button. Try it out and let us know.

Gavin Seabrook


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