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question on limited network speed

  1. #1


    Debbie Graham Guest

    question on limited network speed

    I have my pc on a router so I can access my laptop. Just bought a new
    network adapter that is supposed to run at 108mbps but Vista only says
    54mbps. I have been talking with Netgear and they said Vista has
    limitations but don't know weather it's just not showing 108 or it is
    actually only running at 54mbps. I like to know why Vista would do that and
    how can it be fixed? Did I just waste $60.00 on an adapter that will only
    run as fast as the one I already had in my laptop because Vista will only
    let it run at 54mbps?

    Debbie



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  2. #2


    Thomas Wendell Guest

    Re: question on limited network speed



    "Debbie Graham" <jgraham1@xxxxxx> kirjoitti
    viestissä:OYbIdYsaJHA.4424@xxxxxx

    >I have my pc on a router so I can access my laptop. Just bought a new
    >network adapter that is supposed to run at 108mbps but Vista only says
    >54mbps. I have been talking with Netgear and they said Vista has
    >limitations but don't know weather it's just not showing 108 or it is
    >actually only running at 54mbps. I like to know why Vista would do that
    >and how can it be fixed? Did I just waste $60.00 on an adapter that will
    >only run as fast as the one I already had in my laptop because Vista will
    >only let it run at 54mbps?
    >
    > Debbie
    >
    And your router is what? Capable of what? And the speed it can handle?
    Unless all parts of a network can handle higher speeds (108Mb/s?), they will
    fall back to a common maximum speed (54Mb/s?)...


    --
    Thomas Wendell
    Helsinki, Finland
    Translations to/from FI not always accurate



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  3. #3


    Debbie Graham Guest

    Re: question on limited network speed

    Yes I know that, I had the router first which handles 108mbps that is why I
    got the new adapter.
    This is what the netgear site has
    Vista driver limitation:

    XR (Extended Range) not support.
    Can't get hidden AP's channel, a/b/g mode and security mode.
    When connect to Ad-hoc mode, can not list infrastructure list.
    Can't capture CTS/RTS packet.
    Fragment setting doesn't work properly.
    Link speed always report 54Mbps on 11g connection and 11mbps on 11b.
    Ad-hoc mode, the connection is very poor except WPA2-PSK mode.

    Debbie
    "Thomas Wendell" <tumppiw_nospam@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    >
    >
    > "Debbie Graham" <jgraham1@xxxxxx> kirjoitti
    > viestissä:OYbIdYsaJHA.4424@xxxxxx

    >>I have my pc on a router so I can access my laptop. Just bought a new
    >>network adapter that is supposed to run at 108mbps but Vista only says
    >>54mbps. I have been talking with Netgear and they said Vista has
    >>limitations but don't know weather it's just not showing 108 or it is
    >>actually only running at 54mbps. I like to know why Vista would do that
    >>and how can it be fixed? Did I just waste $60.00 on an adapter that will
    >>only run as fast as the one I already had in my laptop because Vista will
    >>only let it run at 54mbps?
    >>
    >> Debbie
    >>
    >
    > And your router is what? Capable of what? And the speed it can handle?
    > Unless all parts of a network can handle higher speeds (108Mb/s?), they
    > will fall back to a common maximum speed (54Mb/s?)...
    >
    >
    > --
    > Thomas Wendell
    > Helsinki, Finland
    > Translations to/from FI not always accurate
    >
    >


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  4. #4


    Paul Smith Guest

    Re: question on limited network speed

    "Debbie Graham" <jgraham1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OYbIdYsaJHA.4424@xxxxxx

    >I have my pc on a router so I can access my laptop. Just bought a new
    >network adapter that is supposed to run at 108mbps but Vista only says
    >54mbps. I have been talking with Netgear and they said Vista has
    >limitations but don't know weather it's just not showing 108 or it is
    >actually only running at 54mbps. I like to know why Vista would do that
    >and how can it be fixed? Did I just waste $60.00 on an adapter that will
    >only run as fast as the one I already had in my laptop because Vista will
    >only let it run at 54mbps?
    Hello Debbie.

    The actual commonplace Wi-Fi standard (802.11g) has a maximum speed of
    54Mbps. This is the speed that all Wi-Fi devices can talk to each other at.

    These higher speeds come about from manufacturers using their own
    proprietary bolt-ons running on top of the standard. And as such they're
    only compatible with their own hardware. So you'd need a suitable Netgear
    router (for example), and Netgear adapter in the PC to get these sorts of
    speeds, and even then only in ideal circumstances.

    I suspect the router you're connecting to doesn't support Netgear's 108Mbps
    connection - if it is a Netgear router or access point that does claim
    support, it may have an option in its settings to enable it. If it doesn't
    it will only be able to run at 54Mbps.

    If you do have compatible hardware both ends, (and I assume the tech support
    guy would of mentioned this) another reason for it not to work would be due
    to using older drivers that don't support 108Mbps, you might want to check
    Netgear's website ( http://kbserver.netgear.com/downloads_support.asp ) for
    drivers for your adapter.

    If Windows is reporting the connection is 54Mbps, that is what its running
    at. It simply passes on what the network adapter's driver is telling it.
    To my knowledge Windows has no limit on the speed of any network adapter,
    the highest I've got here to test is 1000Mbps - fast enough that no
    non-server PC could ever get anywhere near using it all.

    Personally I'd seek a refund, in the UK at least you could argue that its
    not fit for purpose (irrespective of who's fault it is). Regardless of it
    working or not, unless you're moving gigabytes of data around your LAN
    regularly 108Mbps won't make any difference to performance. Internet speeds
    are probably only a tenth to a fifth of 54Mbps as it is - so you'd see no
    benefits there.

    --
    Paul Smith,
    Yeovil, UK.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience.
    http://www.dasmirnov.net/blog/
    http://www.windowsresource.net/

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  5. #5


    Debbie Graham Guest

    Re: question on limited network speed

    Both units are from Netgear. That's what I was figuring to get my money
    back. I have updated with current drivers also.

    Debbie


    "Paul Smith" <Paul@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > "Debbie Graham" <jgraham1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:OYbIdYsaJHA.4424@xxxxxx
    >

    >>I have my pc on a router so I can access my laptop. Just bought a new
    >>network adapter that is supposed to run at 108mbps but Vista only says
    >>54mbps. I have been talking with Netgear and they said Vista has
    >>limitations but don't know weather it's just not showing 108 or it is
    >>actually only running at 54mbps. I like to know why Vista would do that
    >>and how can it be fixed? Did I just waste $60.00 on an adapter that will
    >>only run as fast as the one I already had in my laptop because Vista will
    >>only let it run at 54mbps?
    >
    > Hello Debbie.
    >
    > The actual commonplace Wi-Fi standard (802.11g) has a maximum speed of
    > 54Mbps. This is the speed that all Wi-Fi devices can talk to each other
    > at.
    >
    > These higher speeds come about from manufacturers using their own
    > proprietary bolt-ons running on top of the standard. And as such they're
    > only compatible with their own hardware. So you'd need a suitable Netgear
    > router (for example), and Netgear adapter in the PC to get these sorts of
    > speeds, and even then only in ideal circumstances.
    >
    > I suspect the router you're connecting to doesn't support Netgear's
    > 108Mbps connection - if it is a Netgear router or access point that does
    > claim support, it may have an option in its settings to enable it. If it
    > doesn't it will only be able to run at 54Mbps.
    >
    > If you do have compatible hardware both ends, (and I assume the tech
    > support guy would of mentioned this) another reason for it not to work
    > would be due to using older drivers that don't support 108Mbps, you might
    > want to check Netgear's website (
    > http://kbserver.netgear.com/downloads_support.asp ) for drivers for your
    > adapter.
    >
    > If Windows is reporting the connection is 54Mbps, that is what its running
    > at. It simply passes on what the network adapter's driver is telling it.
    > To my knowledge Windows has no limit on the speed of any network adapter,
    > the highest I've got here to test is 1000Mbps - fast enough that no
    > non-server PC could ever get anywhere near using it all.
    >
    > Personally I'd seek a refund, in the UK at least you could argue that its
    > not fit for purpose (irrespective of who's fault it is). Regardless of it
    > working or not, unless you're moving gigabytes of data around your LAN
    > regularly 108Mbps won't make any difference to performance. Internet
    > speeds are probably only a tenth to a fifth of 54Mbps as it is - so you'd
    > see no benefits there.
    >
    > --
    > Paul Smith,
    > Yeovil, UK.
    > Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience.
    > http://www.dasmirnov.net/blog/
    > http://www.windowsresource.net/
    >
    > *Remove nospam. to reply by e-mail*
    >
    >


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