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Hello all,

Signed up to hopefully find an answer to a problem I'm having.

Here's my situation:

Have Alltel Wireless Internet using a Huawei EC168 USB card. On my laptop, a Gateway P-7805u FX the signal strength is very erratic and download speeds are very slow. The signal jumps around a lot. It may start out EVDO rev-A 100% then the next second it'll be RTTx1 say 40% (it varies each time), then back to EVDO say 92%. Download speeds are anywhere from around 140 kbps to no more than 900 kbps. It's like this 99% of the time. If it happens to stay at EVDO rev-A for more than several seconds when I try to load a page or download it'll drop down again.

I don't have this problem on my desktop. It's always EVDO rev-A 100% signal with download speeds of 1000 to 1300 kbps.

The desktop was running XP 32-bit, the laptop Vista 64-bit. I upgraded both to Windows 7 64-bit. I hoped upgrading the OS on the laptop would fix this but it didn't.

I use Firefox. Just updated to v3.5.5.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Yea, I'm beginning to think the reception of the signal I'm getting here at home has for some reason is changing since I first started the wireless internet back in July.

I was just at the local BP gas station about a mile from my house and was getting 100% signal and 1200 Kbps D/L watching videos on YouTube.

I'm now at home and now the performance is the same. Just ran the large D/L on testmy and was 1168 Kbps. :?

I have the omni antenna you mention and the Cradlepoint MBR 1000 router but haven't had the time to set it up (working a lot lately).

Thanks and have a great rest of the holiday weekend. :smiley:

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