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Wireless networking speed

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Hey there,

I'm having some problems playing with an ad-hoc wireless network I've setup between my desktop and my housemates laptop.
The speeds for any transfer between the two are so insanely slow with any kind of transfer, from web sharing to copying files. By insanely slow I mean around 40 Kb/sec or less(Kb = KiloBits(!)).
Both computers have a bit behind them, the desktop a 2.8 GHz, 512 meg RAM and a 'Realtek RTL8180 Wireless LAN (Mini-)PCI NIC'. The laptop is a 1GHz, 256 MB Ram and an 'ASUS 802.11b Network Adapter'.
Both have fully uptodate (as I could find) drivers.
The connection strength is very good to excellent.
There is a neighbours router which is an open router (tehe) that can be detected at times, when the computer is turned on I'm guessing.

I've tried tweaking different settings; re-making the network connection, with WEP, without WEP, different channels, RTS/Fragmentation limits all with little to no effect.

Does anyone have any idea where the problem could be? Or any other tools/faqs/etc that might be able to help?

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You have 802.11b, so you are seriously limited in bandwidth, and copying files across wireless is even slower, due to the SMB protocol handshake. Since WiFi is half duplex, the responses can't be overlapped, and you lose a lot of speed. I'd expect to see the file transfers go in the 100-200 mbyte/sec range, but any kind of interference could cut that down quickly.
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