i'm trying to optimize my wireless environment as much as possible, and wanted to get some feedback on what others are doing.
my environment is as follows:
D-Link DIR 825 - being used as an access point only (no firewall, no spi, no added features turned on)
- FW v 1.12NA (current)
Linksys WET200 - being used as a wireless bridge for PS3, Xbox, and AV receiver
- FW v 1.0.13 (current)
I have WPA personal enabled on both devices
I'm only using Wireless G on both devices - B turned off on both, N turned off on 825
I have transmission rate set to auto on both devices
RTS 2347 on both
Frag 2346 on both
link quality is always at least %90 on the WET200 at all times
i'm getting some lag when playing online games, and i want to make sure that my side of the equation is as clean as possible.
speed tests to dslreports usually yield 10/1 min
speed tests to speedtest usually yield 11-12/1 min
does anyone see anything here that you would recommend changing that might improve the connection, or is this as good as it will get likely?
thnx in advance for any/all suggestions
There are a few things I can recommend. First make sure you do a wireless survey to confirm that you are the only wireless network in the area. If you are not, then make sure you are the only wireless network on either channel 1, 6, or 11. The other channels are sub channels of the three listed. Secondly, remember that all wireless transmissions not using MIMO are half duplex. Therefore you can only send or receive at once, not both. Wireless devices use CSMA/CA. This is Collision Avoidance, not Collision Detection (CSMA/CD) like traditional ethernet. The idea is to eliminate noise, have a solid path to your wireless network (one free of obstructions like walls, other networks, etc.) and try to use MIMO (Multiple Input/Multiple Output). MIMO is typical with the wireless N draft. If I were in your situation I would upgrade my equipment to this technology since you are using it for gaming and video. You should also know that dsl tests measure the speed of your connection, not necessarily your throughput. Most of the time you will not experience the full throughput of your connection for various reasons. If you are on a cable connection you have to remember the " 10 Meg " pipe you supposedly have is actually shared with the rest of your neighborhood. Only dedicated connections ( DSL, T1) are able to provide the same speed at all times. This is because it is not a shared media.