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Hi all. First post and new to Hak5. Watching those video regularly! Excellent stuff.

I've been using BT4RC2 and BT5 with my built in wifi adaptor (intel 500) and everything has been wonderful. However, I thought I'd purchase one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002WCEWU8/ref=oss_product

Having seen everyone's comments here and over at BT I thought it was the only unit to buy. That is until I got it here.

It picks up AP's great. The signal is showing far better than the intel 500 and more AP's are listing for that matter. However, the data rate is soooo poor. It's at best 300kb/s but generally around 20-50/kb. Whilst it lists AP's my intel doesn't there is no way that the connection is reliable enough to connect, let alone stream data. Interestingly enough, if I sit next to my AP and take off the antenna, it works a lot better, still no more than 300kb/s though.

My question really is do you think this is a driver issue or do you think it is the unit itself. My intel is out performing it on close and distant AP's.

I would be extremely grateful for any pointers!

--pitchie

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Try setting a different channel on your wireless adapter and the at AP, for instance channel 11 is less crowded, and has less conflicts. If that doesn't work, try updating the drivers, it could be a driver issue too or the adapter itself.

Found this thread with similar issue as you are experiencing at the moment.

http://forum.aircrack-ng.org/index.php?topic=3886.new

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Try setting a different channel on your wireless adapter and the at AP, for instance channel 11 is less crowded, and has less conflicts. If that doesn't work, try updating the drivers, it could be a driver issue too or the adapter itself.

Found this thread with similar issue as you are experiencing at the moment.

http://forum.aircrack-ng.org/index.php?topic=3886.new

Thanks, my AP is on channel 3. Everything else is on 6 or 11. FWIW I originally had signal problems when I setup my AP and this channel clash turned out to be my problems so I was already aware of it to a certain extent.

I've tried updating the drivers and I'd already followed that thread all to no avail. I've emailed the Amazon store today to request an RMA.

Thanks for the help.

--pitchie.

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