OK, here is a strange one. I have a brand new Dell M6300 with a Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n card. I have verizon 15/2 fios service and have configured my Linksys WRT54G as the gateway. I have the Actiontec router configured as an access point closer to area where we connect most often wirelessly. The issue I'm having is strange in that I have three different laptops that I connect wirelessly with. All three get very good results in speed tests connected directly to the Linksys. Two of the three have similar speed test results connected to the Actiontec BUT, the computer mentioned above gets VERY poor results, in the 1.2 to 3 Mbps down range (although up is on par with everything else). It must be something simple in the wireless settings but I can't find it. All three laptops run a different wireless settings program (not using XP to configure the adapters). Maybe I should try letting XP but I'm at a loss as to why that one combination is giving me problems. One thing I do notice is that with both connections "excellent" the Linksys says 54Mbps and the Actiontec says 48Mbps.

I know someone may ask why then don't I just connect direct to the linksys on this particular machine but its a distance issue (old house, thick walls, etc). I can't switch the Actiontec to be the gateway and move the linksys due to VPN pass through issues with the Actiontec. The channel on the Actiontec is auto - I'll try a set channel once the current users are off and see if that helps. Some speed test results are included below for each router. I don't pretent to understand them, the linksys is clearly better though.

In any event, let me know if anyone has any other thoughts.

Thanks in advance

Joe

Test Analysis Information connected to the Actiontec

Checking for Middleboxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Done
SendBufferSize set to [130680]
running 10s outbound test (client to server) . . . . . 1.92Mb/s
running 10s inbound test (server to client) . . . . . . 2.32Mb/s

------ Client System Details ------
OS data: Name = Windows XP, Architecture = x86, Version = 5.1
Java data: Vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc., Version = 1.5.0_06

------ Web100 Detailed Analysis ------
Client Receive Window detected at 513920 bytes.
10 Mbps Ethernet link found.
Link set to Full Duplex mode
Information: throughput is limited by other network traffic.
Good network cable(s) found
Normal duplex operation found.

Web100 reports the Round trip time = 56.4 msec; the Packet size = 1460 Bytes; and
There were 19 packets retransmitted, 328 duplicate acks received, and 336 SACK blocks received
The connection stalled 1 times due to packet loss
The connection was idle 0.27 seconds (2.25%) of the time
This connection is sender limited 43.68% of the time.
This connection is network limited 56.32% of the time.

Web100 reports TCP negotiated the optional Performance Settings to:
RFC 2018 Selective Acknowledgment: ON
RFC 896 Nagle Algorithm: ON
RFC 3168 Explicit Congestion Notification: OFF
RFC 1323 Time Stamping: OFF
RFC 1323 Window Scaling: ON
Packet size is preserved End-to-End
Server IP addresses are preserved End-to-End

Test results connected to the Linksys, at a greater distance, with a OK signal.

Checking for Middleboxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Done
SendBufferSize set to [130680]
running 10s outbound test (client to server) . . . . . 1.93Mb/s
running 10s inbound test (server to client) . . . . . . 15.25Mb/s

------ Client System Details ------
OS data: Name = Windows XP, Architecture = x86, Version = 5.1
Java data: Vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc., Version = 1.5.0_06

------ Web100 Detailed Analysis ------
Client Receive Window detected at 513920 bytes.
10 Mbps Ethernet link found.
Link set to Full Duplex mode
No network congestion discovered.
Good network cable(s) found
Normal duplex operation found.

Web100 reports the Round trip time = 223.23 msec; the Packet size = 1460 Bytes; and
No packet loss was observed.
This connection is sender limited 97.07% of the time.
This connection is network limited 2.93% of the time.

Web100 reports TCP negotiated the optional Performance Settings to:
RFC 2018 Selective Acknowledgment: ON
RFC 896 Nagle Algorithm: ON
RFC 3168 Explicit Congestion Notification: OFF
RFC 1323 Time Stamping: OFF
RFC 1323 Window Scaling: ON
Packet size is preserved End-to-End
Server IP addresses are preserved End-to-End