network speed with wpa_supplicant

Dan Werner danman.danman at
Wed Mar 1 08:23:21 EST 2006

Well, I did another test that surprised me a little.  I tried to download
one of the podcasts.  Those come from AOL Radio, which always has a
lot of bandwidth.  My Win2k pc got like 120 KB per second, and the laptop
did better but still only topped out at 69 KB per second.  These tests were
again one right after the other.

My laptop is right next to my Win2k pc, so it ought to be similar in terms
of connecting to my router.

I guess if my connection is capable of 69 KB a second, I can live with that,
but it's surprising to me that it would be different at all.

On 3/1/06, Gentoopower <gentoopower at> wrote:
> Dan Werner wrote:
> > I was wondering, what sort of speed should one expect using
> > wpa_supplicant and WPA-PSK?  I have a Toshiba laptop with an
> > integrated intel pro/wireless 2200BG adapter.  I installed the ipw2200
> > driver but couldn't quite get it working with wpa_supplicant.  I was
> > getting a bunch of ioctl errors and started using the 'wext' driver,
> > per instructions found via google, and that seems to be working fine.
> >
> > I usually benchmark my network speeds by starting a download of the
> > newest fedora linux iso from one of the mirrors, in this case Duke
> > University.  From another wireless pc running Windows 2000, the
> > transfer rate levels off at around 77 KB per second (i hate my isp).
> > The wpa_supplicant laptop only gets about 27 KB per second or so (I
> > cancelled the other download before starting this test).
> 27 KB can only mean, you are either far away, so your card only operates
> at 1MBit and you have lots of transmission failures, or you just don't
> have a bad download speed for this download.
> Are all downloads that slow?
> >
> > So is it possible that I've configured something wrong, or is there
> > some current speed limitation with the driver?
> I doubt, that it is a problem of the driver or a bad configuration.
> >
> > Thanks for any help...
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