Speed Up Lenovo s10-2 Wireless

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.

Afterburner: enabled
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
WMM: Auto
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.

Links to Information on this NetBook:
Amazon.com
MobileTechReview.com
s10-2.net
s10lenovo.com

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Lenovo S10-2 Netbook Fail!

A computer that classifies itself as a so-called ‘netbook’ should clearly be able to do one thing exceptionally well… that is to get on the internet. The Lenovo s10-2 looks cool, but fails in the ability to bring an enjoyable internet experience to the end-user.

Within 5 feet of a router (tested with multiple routers) you may not receive full signal. When in the next room over you may expect to get a low signal and speeds around 5.5 Mbps.

While on the internet, page loads take forever and streaming videos is nearly impossible. Using an ethernet cable helps speeds things up, but what is the point of that? There are mobile devices that are quicker on the internet than this. I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone.

Pros: light and compact, looks good, integrated webcam

Cons: no bluetooth, horrible wireless speeds, only 1gb of factory ram installed