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Delay with Wireless Network Adapter on my Desktop

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    Delay with Wireless Network Adapter on my Desktop


    I am using a Netgear WNDA4100 wireless adapter on my new Windows 8 desktop computer. I had previously been using the WNDA3100 and it worked flawlessly; however I found a refurbished WNDA4100 online for half the price.

    Up until today, the WNDA4100 had not let me down. Every website I would type in would load right away. I decided to save some money and return the WNDA3100...but not before testing out which one worked better. So I uninstalled the driver for the 4100, reinstalled the 3100, and didn't see much difference in performance. Naturally, I returned the earlier, more expensive model and reinstalled the WNDA4100.

    However, it does not seem to be working the same as it had up until today. When I try to load a page, it will have 2-5 seconds of request before actually loading anything (I use google chrome and what I mean is that I will see the light gray counterclockwise circle for a few seconds before seeing the fast/dark/clockwise circle, whereas for the past 2 weeks on this same wireless adapter I have barely ever seen the light gray circle for even 1/2 a second).

    This is very frustrating for me because I have a new and powerful machine that now feels extremely slow...and I KNOW that this wireless adapter can perform much better than this. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers/utilities a couple times, I've unplugged the device and plugged it back in, and I've even tried other USB ports on my machine. Please help me!!

    *Edit*
    PLEASE NOTE
    After the delay, the pages will load a lot slower than they used to...but they do load all the way after a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angerrro View Post
    I am using a Netgear WNDA4100 wireless adapter on my new Windows 8 desktop computer. I had previously been using the WNDA3100 and it worked flawlessly; however I found a refurbished WNDA4100 online for half the price.

    Up until today, the WNDA4100 had not let me down. Every website I would type in would load right away. I decided to save some money and return the WNDA3100...but not before testing out which one worked better. So I uninstalled the driver for the 4100, reinstalled the 3100, and didn't see much difference in performance. Naturally, I returned the earlier, more expensive model and reinstalled the WNDA4100.

    However, it does not seem to be working the same as it had up until today. When I try to load a page, it will have 2-5 seconds of request before actually loading anything (I use google chrome and what I mean is that I will see the light gray counterclockwise circle for a few seconds before seeing the fast/dark/clockwise circle, whereas for the past 2 weeks on this same wireless adapter I have barely ever seen the light gray circle for even 1/2 a second).

    This is very frustrating for me because I have a new and powerful machine that now feels extremely slow...and I KNOW that this wireless adapter can perform much better than this. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers/utilities a couple times, I've unplugged the device and plugged it back in, and I've even tried other USB ports on my machine. Please help me!!

    *Edit*
    PLEASE NOTE
    After the delay, the pages will load a lot slower than they used to...but they do load all the way after a while.
    Sounds like a driver problem to me.

    First try to install the latest driver software version 1.2.0.10 for the WNDA4100, this driver shows up under software at > WNDA4100
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Sounds like a driver problem to me.

    First try to install the latest driver software version 1.2.0.10 for the WNDA4100, this driver shows up under software at > WNDA4100
    That is the driver I have been downloading and reinstalling. Like I said, it worked perfectly before, and I'm having this problem now..but I'm using the same driver
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    Quote Originally Posted by angerrro View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Sounds like a driver problem to me.

    First try to install the latest driver software version 1.2.0.10 for the WNDA4100, this driver shows up under software at > WNDA4100
    That is the driver I have been downloading and reinstalling. Like I said, it worked perfectly before, and I'm having this problem now..but I'm using the same driver
    Ok just wanted to make sure. There were some problems with the earlier drivers but they have supposedly fixed that problem with this latest driver.

    Can you please post a screen shot of the ipconfig/all from this machine?
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    Sorry guys I know this is almost 2 months later but I thought I'd just post here instead of start a new thread.

    There have been some developments with my wifi problems. I am still using the Netgear WNDA4100 wireless adapter.

    Since I've downloaded the Windows 8.1 update, the wifi will always connect automatically when computer is booted up or woken from sleep (before the update, I might have the "limited connection" symbol and have to troubleshoot problems or disconnect/reconnect the wireless adapter). So that's no longer an issue.

    However, I still feel like my internet connection is nowhere near as fast as it should be. I still notice lag before pages load and they don't load as fast as they did when I was using a new wireless adapter. Still don't know if this is a problem with my PC settings, the adapter itself (it's refurbished), or if I just need a new router (have been using the same one for a few years now).

    Any help is appreciated!
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    Try following the instructions to install the Netgear driver rather than the Windows driver and it should work better but not sure as I can't test this myself. It's the third post down.

    As for the wireless speed, you need to go into the routers settings and make sure you are using the 802.11n Only setting not mixed, you might try using channel bonding as well along with WPA2 personal and AES encryption, or you could try connecting using the 5Ghz frequency but that works best if you are in the same room with the router.

    WNDA4100 Loses 5GHz After 8.1 Update - Microsoft Community
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    As for the wireless speed, you need to go into the routers settings and make sure you are using the 802.11n Only setting not mixed
    I went into my wireless settings but could not find what you are talking about here..sorry I don't know much about routers.

    I tried everything else you suggested but no dice The 5G connection was too slow and re-installing the driver didn't make a noticeable difference.
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    I reread the issue because I thought you were having the same problem as everyone else with this adaptor but apparently you are connected but it seems slow which is different problem.

    5GHz will be slow unless you are in the same room with the router.

    I'd have to see the read out from InSSIDer to help with the slow connection.

    inSSIDer for Home ? Discover The Wi-Fi Around You | MetaGeek
    Last edited by chev65; 30 Nov 2013 at 14:39.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    I'd have to see the read out from InSSIDer to help with the slow connection.

    inSSIDer for Home ? Discover The Wi-Fi Around You | MetaGeek
    I have now downloaded and installed InSSIDer. What do you need to see from it? I could take a screenshot. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angerrro View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    I'd have to see the read out from InSSIDer to help with the slow connection.

    inSSIDer for Home ? Discover The Wi-Fi Around You | MetaGeek
    I have now downloaded and installed InSSIDer. What do you need to see from it? I could take a screenshot. Thanks.
    Yes a screen shot would help me to see the network landscape in your area.
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