I have wireless internet service provided by my cellular provider since Dec.06.
Dell Dimension 2200 WinXP home Linksys WRT54G router (original) replaced w/ WRT54GL Linksys LNE100TX v5 Fast internet This has an external radio wired to the router then to the pc. Mid-March I started having problems with the dropped connections that could be solved by repowering/rebooting the radio/router/pc. This would occur every 2-4 hours or so. Called the provider and they replaced router with Linksys WRT54GL. This solved the dropping problem.
For 3 months prior to the dropping problem, my connection speeds were ~1400/1100 kbps as measured at
. My neighbor about ¼ mile closer to the tower (4 miles) had installation about the same time and had never gotten more than 550/300 range speeds. Originally we thought that it may have been tree interference that he had that I don't. I had checked my speeds at least once a week always getting the higher speeds and when the dropping problem started, I checked again. Now I was getting 550/300 kbps and have been consistently since this started, even through the router change. When the tech/installer was here to replace the router I ask about the connection speed and he verified the slower speed as he had made the original installation and remembered the higher speeds. He said he would pass the information up to the 'system guy'. I waited for several days with no change or response from them. I finally emailed customer service asking about it and 2 days later got an email response that the tech/installer would be out to re-align my radio transceiver. Until this time the radio had been firmly connected to its mast and had not changed. In fact, I tried various degrees of adjustment on it myself with no effect on the speed, before returning it to its original position. I don't know squat about this, but suspect that I was getting higher than anticipated speeds originally (they advertise 512/128kbps), they corrected this through some setting at the source or in my router to maximize my speeds to more nearly normal. Now I know that I'm getting the speed I am paying for, and that's OK: I'm fine with that. I'd just like to know why, all of a sudden, my speeds dropped by more than half. Will someone try to explain this for me if you know? Thanks so much.