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How to Improve Your Wireless Network Adapter


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Use your wireless network adapter’s configuration settings to improve the connection speed of your network adapter. You can also use the default Windows network adapter utility found under the Device Manager, but for best results check your adapter settings directly through the manufacturer’s utility. The Netgear Knowledge Base has the following suggestion for how to improve your speed when using a wireless network adapter.

  • Open the connection utility for your wireless adapter. There should be a small wireless adapter icon in the lower toolbar near the system clock. Click the icon to open the utility.
  • Manually locate your adapter configuration settings if you don’t see an icon in your toolbar. Check your adapter’s user manual if you’re unable to find it on your hard drive.
  • Locate the default Windows utility if you can’t find your manufacturer’s wireless utility. Go to “My Computer” then “Properties,” “Hardware” and “Device Manager.” You should see your network adapter listed. Double-click it to open the default network adapter utility.
  • Click the “Settings” tab, then “Advanced Settings” if you’re using your manufacturer’s program. The wording may be slightly different depending on your make and model. These are the labels for Netgear adapters.
  • Check the boxes under “Wireless Mode” or similar. Make sure the box is checked next to the maximum speed available on your wireless adapter. The Netgear Knowledge Base suggests checking all the wireless speed boxes to enable all possible speeds.
  • Alternately, select “Wireless Mode” from the “Advanced” tab if you opened the default Windows utility. Then select “802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g” from the drop-down list to enable all possible connections.

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