Speed Up Your Linksys WMP600N Card

WMP600N

A lot of people have been having trouble with the Linksys WMP600N wireless adapter. I finally managed to pull the full speed out of my card. I am pulling the same down as I was when I was connected directly to my router. I am pulling 3MB/s down :). Here is my setup that I will use in the example. I have a Motorola SB6120 cable modem with the Cisco-Linksys E2000 router (Firmware Version: 1.0.04). The instructions below will vary slightly based upon the router you have.

Step 1

I am running Windows 7 x64 and used the drivers off of the Linksys website to install my Linksys WMP600n adapter. (Windows 7 x64 Driver – 04/30/2012 / Ver.3.2.7)

Step 2

I enabled “Multimedia/Gaming Environment” on my wireless adapter. Do this by going into the network configuration properties, and into the advanced tab.

Multimedia/Gaming Environment

Step 3

I switched my router’s Wireless Band over to 5GHz. I changed my Network Mode over to Wireless-N only. And I changed my Channel Width over to 40MHz only. (Please realize, by switching over to Wireless-N only you might not be able to connect with some devices. I happen to be running everything not hooked up directly to my router via Wireless-N. My laptop and both computers have wireless-n and I have my xbox, boxee, TV, etc. all hooked up directly to my router.)

Wireless Settings

Step 4

Forward the port on your router for any application you are needing the bandwidth for. On the Cisco-Linksys router this can be done under the “Applications & Gaming” tab. I also recommend hard coding your IP address. If you follow all of the steps above, you should start pulling the maximum speed out of your Wireless-N adapter.

Another note, Wireless-N on the 5GHz range operates a little differently than A/B/G. Example, I am getting less bars than I was when operating in 2.4GHz mode, however, the connection is more stable and I pull the full speeds.

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  • John

    Brian
    On step 4 hard coding ip address could you show the steps on how to do this?
    I’m running, OS vista, router E2500 linksys
    Thanks
    John

  • Aemasil

    Well, I’ll be darned. Went from downloading with 1.2~1.5mb/s with random drops to 5.5mb/s which is my ISP max.

    Thanks.

    • http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson

      Great, glad to hear it!

  • Doug

    Hi Brian,
    Quick question about the driver you’re recommending. You’re saying the driver is Windows 7 x64 version 3.2.7, dated 4/30/2012. I downloaded the driver version 3.2.7, but when I look at device properties window, under the Driver tab, it shows the date 3/2/2012.

    As long as the version number is 3.2.7, does the discrepancy in the date make a difference?

    Thanks.

    • http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson

      You are correct actually. Looking at the .inf file for the driver, the date is 03.02.12. I think in our post above, we were stating the date that Linksys had on their website next to the driver. So yes, you should be fine.

  • Alexsandro

    This configuration was working really fine in my Windows 7 64bits, but now, I’m using Windows 8.1 64bits and multimedia/gaming environment option flag don’t make any difference in my transfer rate tests and I don’t know why, I guess it’s about NIC legacy driver version 3.2.7 under Windows 8.1. I’m test another drives like default drive in Windows 8.1 which NIC does not find any wifi around.

    I my older Windows 7, I always get around of 8MB/s and 18MB/s in large files transfers over my network.

    If I don’t get any positive result in my tests, I thing to buy other adapter like TP-LINK TL-WDN4800

    Someone have a tip? Thanks!