Wifi speed differences between OS X and XP

Discussion in 'macOS' started by messedkid, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. messedkid macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2007
    Oshawa, ON
    Hey guys,

    I am currently running 3 systems on my home network.

    1 Notebook. Apple Macbook (Core Duo) running 10.5.8
    1 Netbook. Acer Aspire One D250 running XP
    1 PC. Dell Dimension 3000 (PoS) running XP

    The Macbook and Netbook are both connected via Wifi, while the PC is connected via network cable to my Macbook with Internet sharing on.

    Out of curiosity I ran a speed test (speedtest.net) to see if there was any difference between what I was getting through Wifi, and through sharing.

    Here are the results from my Macbook:


    And here is the result from my PC:


    I could understand losing some speed going from wifi to internet sharing, but I also get 8-9 mbps download results on my netbook.

    Any reason why XP is getting a slower connection by such a large margin, regardless of wireless or shared? Turning off XP firewall has no effect.

    Edit: Don't mind the time difference between this post and the macbook test time. I realized I clicked on a different test server after I had posted this and just did a quick retest. Test results are the same regardless.
  2. amirite macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2009
  3. dmbfan41 macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
    well are they using b, g, or n ?

    sometimes it can be a driver problem.
  4. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    XP doesn't have as efficient of a network stack. For all the grief Vista gets, it did get a complete rewrite of its TCP stack for efficiency and to fully integrate IPv6.
  5. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Survey says...

    XP has a smaller default TCP Window. DRTCP021.exe can let you expand it to something better, like 65535 and make sure selective ack is on. Then you'll see better speed.

    10.5 & Vista both changed their defaults so this isn't a problem.

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