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I bought a month ago the D-Link DWA-160 Xtreme N Dual Band USB Adapter and I wonder about the speed. I have a 60Mbps but the speed is never above 300Kbps when I browse Internet or download something. Even from Microsoft or Apple (the fastest server I found). Now on Windows 8, we can see the Wi-Fi stats in Task Manager, there they are:


Notice the red rectangle. The signal is 3/5 and I'm about 5 meters far from my router. An Apple Time-Capsule. Also, the connection type is 802.11g, I want N.

I made this config in my Device Properties:

Wi-Fi Config

Does anyone figured out to force the 802.11n in Windows? (Windows 8 preferably)

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It's written just below the first image! In the third sentence. ;) – Frederick Marcoux Nov 6 '12 at 22:45
What WiFi security mode are you using? If it's not WPA2/AES, that's probably your problem. – David Schwartz Nov 6 '12 at 22:46
It's indeed WPA2/AES. – Frederick Marcoux Nov 6 '12 at 22:48
Okay, I'm out of ideas. Sorry. – David Schwartz Nov 6 '12 at 22:49
It doesn't matter, I don't expect a response very fast! – Frederick Marcoux Nov 6 '12 at 22:50

I have read that if a device that can only run at G speeds connects to the AP,it will force the router to transmit only at G speeds in order to be compatible. This means that anything connecting to the same AP will be forced to use G speeds as well. I have this issue with my house,as my laptop can use N speeds and my PS3's internal receiver is only able to use G and as such,my laptop is limited to G as well. If there are any devices connecting to you AP that can only pick up only G speeds,that is likely your issue.

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I have an Apple AirPort Extreme. It is Dual-Band so G and N network run parralelly. – Frederick Marcoux Aug 26 '13 at 15:40

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