I recently purchased an ASUS UL30V laptop, 13.3″ machine. For some oddball reason the wireless rate defaulted to 1mb/s, which makes for an awful online experience.
How did I find this? Took a minute to figure out what was going on with this, but looking closely at the output of the iwconfig command showed me “Bit Rate=54 Mb/s” for the wlan0 device.
A quick fix. Run:
iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M
This took care of the problem and cleared my connection. But wait…. when I reboot the rate resets to 1Mb/s again. The previous command was not persistent through a reboot, therefore I would have to run this command everytime I connect. Thank God for automation though. I added the following lines to my /etc/rc.local file.
ifconfig wlan0 up iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M
And wabam! Everytime I boot up this sweet little machine, I connect with normal speeds.