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Check WiFi Network Performance with Qcheck to Help Improve Throughput

XP can’t tell you the true throughput on your wired or wireless network. For that, you’ll need free, third-party software that can help you improve throughput.

When you buy network hardware, including a hub/router and network cards, you’re told that hardware’s rated speed—for example, 100Mbps for an Ethernet network, or 11Mpbs for an 802.11b WiFi network.

But those numbers only tell you how your network might perform in ideal conditions; as the saying goes, “your mileage may vary,” and it usually does. WiFi networks are particularly finicky and are especially prone to being affected by interference and other factors. Where you place your wireless access point and PCs and how you position their antennas [Hack #66] can make a dramatic difference in the actual speed of your network. So, you’ll want to know the true connection speed of your network, WiFi networks in particular, so that you can optimize their performance when you troubleshoot them.


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