I bought a new Cisco Linksys WRT54GL router to connect my laptop (running Windows 7) to the internet. I installed Tomato 1.28 firmware on the router.
When I connect the laptop to the router via ethernet cable, everything is fine and I get extremely fast up- and download speeds. When I connect wirelesssly however, websites load extremely slow - it takes dozens of seconds to load a website! <-- This is my question, how can I fix the wireless speed issue?
Gmail for example, is unusable this way. I tried speedtest.net, but this always fails in the upload part of the test so I can't even test the bandwidth (could the fact that it fails in the upload part, not the download part, be an indication what the problem is?!).
I have isolated the problem a bit, I am convinced it has to do either with the router itself, the router settings, or the settings of the wireless connection in Win 7. Because previously, I was using another router by Buffalo and I had no problems whatsoever. I have tried to reproduce the settings from the Bufallo router as closely as possible on the Linksys router (same channel, same encryption etc). The download speed problem only occurs with the Linksys router, and only in wireless mode! When I exchange the Linksys router with the Buffalo router I have here for testing, the wireless speed is up to normal again.
Also, before I had installed the Tomato firmware I had exactly the same problem, so it has nothing to do with the firmware itself.
Notes & things I already tried:
Changing the channel: does not seem to affect anything, I am also on the same channel (10) which I was previously on when I had a Buffalo router.
QoS is off.
Ping to the router itself is OK, ~ 1 ms.
Some current settings of the linksys router:
- WAN / Internet Type: DHCP
- Wirelesss Mode: Access Point
- B/G Mode: Mixed
- Broadcast: check
- Channel: 10 - 2.457 GHz
- Security: WPA2 Personal
- Encryption: AES