network speed with wpa_supplicant

Gentoopower gentoopower at
Wed Mar 1 11:02:30 EST 2006

Dan Werner wrote:
> 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. 
Then there must be something wrong
> 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. 
Should not be the case if transfers are just around 100KB/s. A wireless
connection lets say 11MBit link can easily take 300KB/s.
What connection speed does the laptop report? 1 Mbit or higher? Since
you say you are next to the router you should have at least a 11MBit
> On 3/1/06, *Gentoopower* <gentoopower at
> <mailto: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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