Just moved into my apartment for college, signed up for the 256k cable package through kms internet. Hooked up a WBR-2310 D-link router (wireless) to provide internet to my desktop and a laptop. Both computers download files at about 600-900 bytes (yes bytes, not kbytes) per second. sometimes it will get as high as 2kbs. When I unplug the router and hook the laptop up directly to the cable modem it will download at like 30kbs or more. Or when i create the port forwarding on port 80 (http) the computer i do that for will download at least 30kbps. I just want to be able to have both computers download at a reasonable speed. Both computers are windows xp, desktop xp pro, laptop xp home. laptop has centrino chip, desktop has pentium 4, both have 512mb ram. internet pages load okay, not great, not as fast as i'm used to, but okay. I just cant deal with the slow download speeds, also streaming stuff doesnt happen very fast either.
Another problem is i have WEP encryption enabled. I go and punch in the wep key in the laptop (or desktop) and connect to the internet and it works for a while (maybe 5 min) then somthing happens and the password reverts itself automatically to some 8 digit password and i have to re-enter it in order to get back on the internet. This is through windows. Right now i'm using the intel pro set program to run the internet and it is working, i was just wondering why the windows was kicking me off?