My laptop creates below-average wireless LAN connections regardless of network or location. Often, I'm sitting right next to someone on the same network, (or even where someone sat a few minutes ago), but my signal is drastically worse than theirs - connections drop, movies freeze, games stutter, and my download speeds are usually the worst in the house. This is true regardless of location (I always have the worst connection, though it still improves if I move closer to the router) or even network; whether I'm at home, school, or Starbucks my laptop remains inconsistently connected - I generally have to disconnect and reconnect, or reboot my adapter, once or twice an hour, and it's simply futile to do anything requiring a high bandwidth.
For the above reasons, I'm nearly certain the problem is with some configuration of my laptop, and not with the network or my location. It's probably not a stray program either, as I can turn off my TSRs and start from a clean boot and still get the same problems, and while I haven't done the test recently I seem to remember the problem persisting even in Safe Mode + Wireless. I'm looking for help troubleshooting this problem and figuring out what's causing my inconsistency.
- Acer Aspire M5-481TG
- Windows 7 Home Premium (SP1) 64-bit
- 4 GB RAM
- Qualcomm Atheros AR5BWB222 Wireless Network Adapter
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