Airport slow download speed problem

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  1. mac2mac macrumors member

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    Ive had this problem with airport on my macbook since updating to 10.5.2

    Basicly if my macs been powered down and i start it up when i download someting the maximum speed i can gat is about 60 kbps:
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    That is untill i click the airport icon in the menu bar and wait for it to finish scanning:
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    Then the download speeds are back to normal:
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    I was hoping the airport update yesterday would fix it but it didnt.

    Does anyone else have this problem and you do does anyone know how to fix it?

    Thanks
     

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  2. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    What type of wireless router are you using?

    Do you have more than one wireless network within range? Any chance your MacBook is connecting to another slower network when it boots up?
     
  3. mac2mac thread starter macrumors member

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    Im using a netgear DG834GT

    Its definatly not connecting to another network though there are others in range.
     
  4. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    Try OPTION-Clicking on the Airport icon in the menu bar and see what speed it shows that you are connected at.

    Under normal circumstances you would expect to see 54Mbps for 802.11g...
     
  5. mac2mac thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats a cool feature i didn't know you could do that.
    Ive just tried that a few times now and It says 54 most the time but sometimes it says 0
     
  6. ebony macrumors regular

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    I have the same router and similar wirless problems.

    When I stream to my intel macbook the stream is interrupted every 20 seconds as it downloads the next part of the film. An appletv on the same wireless connection works fine. ( it plays but is still not great keeping up with nasvigation commands )

    The netgear firmware is up to date, and so is the macbook.

    I was thinking about just getting an Aiport base station, but there is a thread on the Mac OSX forums that list some people having the same problem when using even an aiport base station with an n connection.
     
  7. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    I have seen the speeds fluctuate a bit like that, but it should go back to 54. This may mean you have some interference from cordless phones, microwave ovens, etc. I don't think that is a problem.

    When your wireless connection is really slow, check this and see if it is consistently reporting a number way below 54.

    Have you loaded the latest Airport updates that just came out yesterday (check Software Update)? I don't know if they would help, but it's worth a try.
     
  8. ebony macrumors regular

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    When i option click, I get the following

    Channel 1
    RSSI: -77
    Transmit Rate 13

    I assume the transmit rate is the Mbps ?

    I am using an Airport extreme with all updates applied.
     
  9. Krafty macrumors 601

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    Try going into your router system prefs and change the channel to 11.
     
  10. ebony macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I changed my settings to n only at 5GHz. I am now getting anything between 39 to 70 Mbps, which is good enough to stream video with no stuttering.
     
  11. mac2mac thread starter macrumors member

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    So is it the router then and not leopard? because if its the router i will get a new one!
     
  12. soms macrumors 6502

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    I kind of doubt its the router, as I've had trouble with 2 of my Linksys routers, one N and the other G; both of which have given me random bouts of slow speed followed by normal speeds.
     
  13. TygerMac macrumors newbie

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    Sweet, thanks Krafty! I changed some setting on my router and I got a bump from 32mbps to 52mbps! I can definitely notice a difference in browsing and download speed! Thanks again for the tip!
     

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