1714 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2008 8:38 AM by Nicholas Down
Since nothing else worked, I tried reinstalling Tiger. A new, clean installation on a formated hard drive. Everything seemed to be working ok running 10.4.7. Wireless was fast again, and internet and SMB connections were at their normal speeds.
Then I ran Software Update, it downloaded and installed the 10.4.11 combo update. After reboot, wireless is slow again and SMB file transfers don’t work. Activity Monitor shows download speeds around 30KB/sec (but constantly changing). Before the update they were around 400 and 500KB/sec.
No doubt this is a bug in 10.4.11... hopefully Apple will issue a fix, but judging by what I’ve been reading in the forums, we might as well just keep using 10.4.10 or any other version that still works flawlessly.
I’ll keep on trying to find a way of getting decent wireless speeds. If I find something useful I’ll post it here.
I think I found a solution for this. It’s not the best solution, more of a workaround, but it’s been working for me.
Searching other threads, I found this topic about users who had intermittent connection to the internet (http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1027382&tstart=0). I tried changing the settings in my wireless router – not Linksys, it’s an Asus WL-520G, but has similar options – and the speeds were up again! SMB file transfers work at good speed, and the internet connection is back to normal.
I’m not sure what these settings are for, but anyway all I did was change the “Beacon Interval” to 50, “RTS” to 2304 and “Fragmentation” to 2305 (I didn’t change the MTU because that seemed to be a PPPoE setting, not wireless).
As I said, it’s not really a fix, because nothing changes in OS X, but anyway it may help some users who’ve been having the same problem.
I've just come across this forum thread since posting a new question/problem about 10.4.11 on the Tiger connecting/internet forum.
10.4.11 has been disastrous with my PowerMac G5 duo. Rated speeds on ADSL have dropped to anywhere between 650 kps and 3750 kps on a 6500 rated ADSL line.
I use Airport wireless network via netgear 834 router and a WEP security protocol. This is despite all the attempted workarounds I've seen elsewhere.
Using the same network my MacBookPro core duo 2.4 GHz achieves speeds of 6000kps: the MBP is using Tiger 10.4.10!
Downgrading to 10.4.10 on the Powermac is an option but will consume hours of time... via Archive and Install (see Macfix it tutorial on subject)
For the time being I suggest staying away from upgrading to 10.4.11 until Apple fix this.
Or get Leopard?