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#1 OldPhil

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 04:26 PM

I have an older Acer lap top that the wifi works pretty good, would one of these newer dongles perk up the wifi a bit.

 

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 05:47 PM

Phil,

 

          There is no simple answer to that question, though I suspect the answer will be "yes" depending on the age of the computer (and the version of WiFi its card uses) and the age of the router.

 

           If you're looking at just a single computer and the router, you will only be as fast as your slowest component.   If your old computer has a Wireless G WiFi card then even if you have a brand spanking new Wireless AC router the connection will still function only at Wireless G speeds.  The same would be true if the router were Wireless G and the WiFi card were Wireless AC.

 

           My guess is you might have a Wireless G WiFi card and a Wireless N router (and there are several different Wireless N configurations with regard to throughput) and upgrading to a Wireless N dongle that can exploit the protocol of N used by your router can definitely speed up throughput.


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 05:54 PM

Thanks will try another route!

 

I have to go in and swap the drive, I think I will try the added antenna wire idea I found on an Acer forum.  I don't like taking my good lap top out to my shed but the little Acer run out of signal about 30 feet shot of getting there.


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