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Very Slow Download Speed

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
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    Very Slow Download Speed


    I upgraded to Windows 8 yesterday and my download speed has dropped from 6+ Mbps (under windows 7) to .25 Mbps (after the upgrade). My WiFi connection has 5 bars. All other WiFi enabled devices in this house still have a 6+ Mbps download speed. I believe that this is an upgrade issue as I did not have this problem before. Any ideas on how to fix this?
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  2. #2


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    I change my wifi mode (router) to b/g instead of b/g/n..that help a bit...
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Thank you, damhamaza. I don't know how to do that. I am absolutely positively not very tech savvy. Still have the problem and can't find a solution anywhere. I am so bummed.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Quote Originally Posted by lancastermom View Post
    Thank you, damhamaza. I don't know how to do that. I am absolutely positively not very tech savvy. Still have the problem and can't find a solution anywhere. I am so bummed.
    I use an Ethernet adapter, so I wish I could relate!
    My Internet has dropped speeds from 18 MPS to 3 MPS. Not sure why? :S
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  5. #5


    I to upgrade form windows 7 to 8. I seen that happen when I went to download my drivers and it was at 0% for like 5 mins. I download all updates from windows update all but one download from other computer and installed updates that timed out. I installed the LAN driver for my motherboard. That didn't work. I think it is something with windows filtering the incoming internet. I did take a look via task manger and it show that the incoming would go up and come down in a second and would not come back up till 3 seconds later. Hoping someone finds out how to fix it never did it in beta to me.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Could it be that the driver for my wireless card is kind-of but not totally compatible with windows 8? I have a DW1520 Wireless-N WLAN Half-Mini Card and its latest driver is Windows 7 64 bit compatible. When the windows 8 compatible driver becomes available will it automatically download? Does anyone know? For now I'll download and stream using my old system.
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  7. #7


    I don't think they would update automatically. Unless they have that in the program. I know with my drivers it is for windows 8. For windows 7 I didn't need them and my speeds were fine. I think it has something to do more with windows 8. I have searched Google and there are lots of people with this issue.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by lancastermom View Post
    Could it be that the driver for my wireless card is kind-of but not totally compatible with windows 8? I have a DW1520 Wireless-N WLAN Half-Mini Card and its latest driver is Windows 7 64 bit compatible. When the windows 8 compatible driver becomes available will it automatically download? Does anyone know? For now I'll download and stream using my old system.
    Hey Man, I have Dell XPS M1330 with DW1505 Wireless card, had the same issue since installing Windows 8 two days ago.

    Found the solution right now.

    download this driver from Dell's Website: dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriverDetails?driverId=R295615

    its some kind of all in one driver for our cards. go to device manager and update the driver select to search manually and not automatic and click have disc, navigate to where you extracted the driver and select from the drivers folder the Win7 folder and then WL folder, and install the driver available there.

    Worked for me perfect, now wireless is speedy just like ethernet
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by OmerBonfil View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lancastermom View Post
    Could it be that the driver for my wireless card is kind-of but not totally compatible with windows 8? I have a DW1520 Wireless-N WLAN Half-Mini Card and its latest driver is Windows 7 64 bit compatible. When the windows 8 compatible driver becomes available will it automatically download? Does anyone know? For now I'll download and stream using my old system.
    Hey Man, I have Dell XPS M1330 with DW1505 Wireless card, had the same issue since installing Windows 8 two days ago.

    Found the solution right now.

    download this driver from Dell's Website: dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriverDetails?driverId=R295615

    its some kind of all in one driver for our cards. go to device manager and update the driver select to search manually and not automatic and click have disc, navigate to where you extracted the driver and select from the drivers folder the Win7 folder and then WL folder, and install the driver available there.

    Worked for me perfect, now wireless is speedy just like ethernet
    I've tried your suggestion, but it didn't work for me. I do hope that it helps someone else. My download speed is still .25 Mbps. Any other ideas?
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  10. #10


    Not sure if my idea is going to work, but atleast it's worth a try.

    Download your WiFi driver for window 7.
    Extract your driver into a folder, any compression software can extract the files from an executable.
    Then uninstall your WiFi driver, it will cause the loss of internet connection.
    Then scan for hardware change. (You computer will detect your WiFi again and will install it.)
    Right click on your WiFi, click on update and Browse the computer for driver software.
    Navigate to the extracted folder and click next.

    Let us know how it goes.
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