I have a Linksys WAP54G and a couple Acer notebooks. My connection speed varies wildly for no reason I can discern.
When I first turn on my notebooks (or "Repair" the wireless connection), I get:
Speed: 54.0 Mbps Signal strength: Excellent
This will last for a few minutes and then it switches to:
Speed: 24.0 Mbps Signal strength: Excellent
But when it does switch to 24.0 Mbps, it is not just under half as fast as when it was at 54.0 Mbps. It's closer to 1/10 the speed.
The signal strength never changes from excellent. And the WAP is no more than 20 feet away from the notebooks (although it is on the other side of a normal house interior wall). I used to have an Acer notebook (made 3 years ago) that always maintained a solid 54.0 Mbps connection. But for some reason these two new notebooks spend most of their time at 24.0 Mbps. They'll sit there for a few minutes, go back to 54.0 for a minute, and then back to 24.0 for a few minutes.
This happens on both laptops, and it isn't affected by whether or not the other notebook is on.
Anyway, I was just wondering if there are some kind of wireless settings I should be examining. And why is 24.0 Mbps a tenth the speed of 54.0 Mbps? And why, if the problem is simply reception, is it that my signal strength always reads as Excellent?
Thanks in advance.