Wireless Speed Issues

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bcjslugger, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. bcjslugger macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    Starting about a week ago, the wireless connection on my Macbook slowed down considerably. With an ethernet connection the internet works fine, but when I'm using the wireless network everything slows to a standstill. It's definitely not the wireless network--I'm using my school's wifi, and I tried a friend's identical macbook to confirm that it's just my computer and not the network. I ran an online speed test and got the following results:

    (wireless) 1.23 Mb/s outbound, 75.48 kb (kb, not mb) per second inbound
    (ethernet) 2.41 Mb/s outbound, 1.70 Mb/s inbound

    I've tried doing some research online to figure out the problem, but there are so many things that can cause wireless problems I've been having a hard time sorting through all the information. Does anyone have any suggestions as to steps I should take to determine the source of the problem? If it helps, here's the information for my computer:

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz

    Airport Information
    Software Versions:
    Menu Extra: 6.2.1 (621.1)
    configd plug-in: 6.2.3 (623.1)
    System Profiler: 6.0 (600.9)
    Network Preference: 6.2.1 (621.1)
    AirPort Utility: 5.5.2 (552.11)
    IO80211 Family: 3.1.2 (312)
    Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x88)
    Firmware Version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (
    Locale: FCC
    Country Code: FI
    Supported PHY Modes: 802.11 a/b/g/n
    Supported Channels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140
    Wake On Wireless: Supported
    Status: Connected
    Current Network Information:
    PHY Mode: 802.11n
    BSSID: 68:ef:bd:e2:56:2f
    Channel: 36
    Network Type: Infrastructure
    Security: None
    Signal / Noise: -55 dBm / -91 dBm
    Transmit Rate: 130
    MCS Index: 15

    Thanks for any advice!

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. bcjslugger thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    I'm not sure what kind of router it is--it's my univeristy's wireless network, so I don't have access to the router or any hardware. However, I've tried it on multiple wireless networks that worked fine for me up until a week ago, and now they're all going slowly.

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