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How I fixed my wifi speed
I've had my Verizon Galaxy Nexus for about a week now and noticed that it (as well as my Nexus 7 I've had since July) were getting really cruddy wifi speeds. I was getting fed up with it and started searching for solutions. There are a few threads kicking around the net about GN's having bad wifi reception or poor speed. Most of the answers have been along the lines of bad router or bad wifi chip in the phone. But none had any definitive fix that I could find. I am making this thread in hopes that others might find success same as I have.
The solution, for me, was to change my wifi router settings so that it is on channel 11 and network mode "wireless-b, only" (rather than n, g or auto).
Here's an article on how to change your router settings if you happen to have a linksys router like I do:
Change Your Wi-Fi Router Channel to Optimize Your Wireless Signal - How-To Geek
My solution was found through dumb luck. I freely admit that my knowledge on the hows and whys is lacking but it seems that after testing every channel I was still getting really poor speedtest.net results on my phone (I pay for 20mbps down from Comcast and my laptop gets 17-20 on average regardless of these settings). I chose to change the network mode to "wireless-b, only" because I was trying to see what else might work. I chose channel 11 because I live in a large apartment complex and channels 1-6 were pretty crowded whereas 8-11 weren't. It seems the main difference for me was switching to wireless-b. Now my galaxy nexus is downloading at 19mbps consistently, youtube videos don't stop to buffer anymore and flash on newgrounds.com loads in seconds.
I hope this helps others. Cheers!