The router is about 8 feet from the computer, same room. That shouldn't make too great a difference.
Last night I pulled the wireless receiver off the tower, and speed seems to increase marginally. That would seem to indicate that if both hardwire and wireless are connected, then the wireless takes precedence over the hardwire.Can this be true? Or does one just interfere with the other?
It's got to be the rest of my system, old and slow, which is causing the slowdown. Remember the fact that my daughter's laptop is significantly faster using the same cable modem.
If the computer is still slow using a wired connection (make sure the wireless is temporarily disabled), check the ethernet cable. It should be wired one of two ways, or it won't work properly, though it might work slowly.
Now I'm a bit baffled. I just booted into XP (as apposed to my normal W2K) and was promptly told that the system had found new hardward, the new NIC card. I loaded the driver from the CD as requested. Then I ran Speedtest.
I ran Speedtest three successive times, just to be sure. the results are ping, dowenload, and upload.
1) 35, 9.70, 3.96
2) 31, 12.87 4.01
3) 33, 11.33, 3.84
This leads to all sorts of questions. Did my speeds change so dramatically because I switched to XP? Because the XP driver is superior? What happened?
I checked this morning, and both OS's are using the same driver, Realtek 5.719.325.2009, and both are set at 100 Mbps Full Duplex. Could it be that W2K cannot take advantage of the faster speed setting of 100 Mbps and reverts to something considerably slower? Have I missed a setting in W2K?
What is it about XP which makes my connection speed so much better?