Bidirectional ethernet cable..?

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Bidirectional ethernet cable..?

  • I have recently setup a network at home. I have the NetGear WGT624 103mbps router and installed in my son's computer a WG311 wireless card. Ever since configuring our network we have been experiencing slower throughput speed readings. I have a 1.5mbps DSL connection through Verizon. If I go directly from the DSL modem to my computer I get fairly steady 1200-1390kbps speeds. While running through the router, even with other computer off, I get slower, varying speeds from approx. 600kbps up to around 1175kbps. My question is this, is there a(need for) bidirectional ethernet cable to possibly stabilize my throughput speeds? Or is this possibly just my ISP? I've heard they have been clogged lately. I've done the recycling thing often, emptied cache/temp/cookies etc. all to no avail. Occasionally it stays fairly steady but for the most part it is slower than my liking or expectation. For what I pay for my 1.5Mbps connection I want better. I am within 3500ft of the Verizon station. My son's computer is less than 20ft away and only transmits/receives through a doorway, no blocking wall. My new computer is a DELL 2.8Ghz P4 w/800MHz HT FSB, 1GB RAM etc. The older one is a T700r Dimension, 512mb RAM etc. Both operate extremely well. Yes, I have been on the phone with Verizon Techs, for what it's worth they say I am getting readings within my 75% range of advertised speed package.
    Sorry for the long post. Any advice or tips are much appreciated.
    Frustrated
    Rick
  • All ethernet cables are 'bidirectional'. If you get good speeds without the router, but slower speeds with the router, then the problem is your router. Get the latest firmware for your router, and make sure it's not running any type of hardware antivirus or vpn or anything.
  • I ran quite a few speed tests, all in different situations and at 3 different broadband test sites. First I ran tests with the network router in use, I got varying speeds from 550kbps to around 1050kbps tops. Then I ran a few without the network router connected and got similar speeds but a few maybe as high as 1280kbps. Then I powered everything down and 'flushed' the routers. Kicked it back on with all routers in use and got screaming speed readings of 1250kbps all the way up to 1437.8kbps! Unheard of and very strange for my connection. I am running a 1.5Mbps DSL connection through Verizon. I'm thinking maybe it could be something with my DSL router...? It is a Fujitsu and about 2 1/2 yrs old. Maybe I will see about getting it upgraded.

    Thanks for your help.