Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fix WiFi speed on CR-48 Chrome Notebook

I'm in the midst of writing my quick review of the CR-48 Chrome Notebook (which I'm still amazed that Google sent me in the first place), but I wanted to take a minute to share a quick tip.

When I first set up the CR-48, I connected it to my home WiFi network. It connected without issue, but was very slow. I initially blamed the slowness on the CR-48 itself, thinking it was just a crappy, slow product. But then I connected to the Verizon 3G connection and webpages started loading extremely fast.

Turns out the problem was with the encryption setting on my router. For some reason, ChromeOS can't handle TKIP encryption very well. By simply setting the encryption to AES, the problem was solved. Webpages now load lightning fast on WiFi, which is the way it should be.

So if you have a CR-48 and find WiFi to be frustratingly slow, don't blame the machine. Simply change your router's encryption to AES and you should be good to go.

Now that that's taken care of, I shall return to writing my review. :-)