After being extremely frustrated with the wireless speed of my NetBook, I decided to look into seeing if I could somehow fix the problem. I ran several tests and narrowed it down to being possibly a problem with the settings for the wireless adapter. I have yet to increase the ram from the stock 1Gb and my tweaks have dramatically improved the performance to be acceptable for use.
I monitored my CPU, Ram, and Network usage while on the internet. I noticed while trying to watch a single video it would seemingly hang up and network usage dropped to 0% for an extended amount of time. Pretty much becoming unresponsive.
I went from not being able to stream one video without it getting hung up to now being able to stream three (maybe more) simultaneously with enough buffer to keep all three playing at the same time.
You will need to change some advanced settings for your wireless adapter. Open up your device manager.
start menu, right-click “my computer”, select “properties”, then “hardware” tab, click “device manager”. Expand “Network Adapters” and right-click on “Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter”. Select “properties” and then click the “advanced” tab. These are my settings.
Antenna Diversity: Auto
AP Compatibility Mode: Higher Performance
Bluetooth Collaboration: Disable
BSS PLCP Header: Auto (short/long)
Fragmentation Threshold: 2346
IBSS 54g(tm) Mode: 54g – Auto
IBSS 54g(tm) Protection Mode: Auto
IBSS Allowed: Enabled
IBSS Link Indication: Default
Locally Administered MAC Address: Radio Select “Not Present”
Lock Wireless Settings: Disabled
Manage Wireless Settings: Enabled
Minimum Power Consumption: Disabled
Mixed Cell Support: Disabled
Power Output: 100%
Power Save Mode: Disabled
Radio Enable/Disable: Radio Enable/Disable
Rate: Best Rate
Roam Technology: Aggressive
Roaming Decision: Optimize Bandwith
RTS Threshold: 2347
SSID Autopromote: Disabled
VLAN Priority Support: Auto
Wake-up Mode: Magic & WakeUp Frame
WZC IBSS Channel Number: 11
WZC Manager Ethernet: Disabled
XPress ™ Technology: Enabled
Please leave a comment if these settings have in fact improved the wireless speed/connectivity.