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Slow wireless network browsing in XP workgroup

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Ok, simple network, 2 XP pro machines, D-link wireless router, 1 dlink 54 meg wireless card on a laptop, 1 UTP desktop. both access DSL line no problem to the internet. Both in same workgroup I can browse and use the shares no but the response is very slow. I've tried the following

1)Disabled searching for scheduled tasks with the namespace key in the registry

2)Folder options unchecked autmatically search for shares and printers

3)tried both enabling and disabling Netbios over TCP

4)changed the hard wired pc to half duplex operation on the network card

5)turned off any virus checker, pc security software

6) turned off windows firewall

7)there are no other user accounts in the workgroup...all shares are set to open access for any user

hmmm any ideas appreciated
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Have you thoroughly locked down the wireless so that you are sure that it's only you on the network?
Have you run spybot and adaware and the like?
What kind of connection are you getting with the wireless?  This should be in your system tray or network properties.

Set up a benchmark.  Single large file.  Map to a share.  Do copy.  Record time & calculate rate.  Do it both ways and make sure to clear cache between tests.

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Well location has pretty much locked down the wireless... there are no other houses for about 2 miles around the house... up in the french alps. no there is no one on my network. the connection is 100% in the sys tray and the laptop is sitting next to the router about 8 inches with no other electrical equipment close by. Ill try the big file.
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Hmmm well just to add a bit more information. the laptop has a cable connection and a wireless connection. normal use I disable the UTP connection and use the wireless. the slow browse is painful.  However if I disable the wireless enable the UTP and try the same browse it's instantaneous.... no problem at all.  

One of the  PCs I'm trying to connect to and browse the hard drive is also being used to host the internet gateway with a dial up internet connection. There seem to be no problem browsing the internet via this PC the problem only seems to affect network browsing and file sharing when using the wireless connection.  The connection is "Excellent" and never wavers from 54meg.  The slow browsing occurs even when the laptop is sitting next to the wireless router.

D Link ADSL G604T router with Dlink G650+ Wireless pcmcia card.   There are no other wireless network devices, the network is as mentioned before miles from another house.... or car or road.... so no sneaky users.

Both PCs have Windows XP home edition with SP1 on

any further ideas ?
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