Acer Aspire One slow Wi-Fi

This will possibly be my last post about my Acer Aspire One as I’ve now passed this onto my wife and I have a sparkly new laptop (more on that in a later post).

A known issue with the AA1 is that the Wi-Fi can be quite slow. This, as it turns out, is due to some overly aggressive power management.

  • Right click on My Computer and select Properties
  • Click on the Hardware tab and then the Device Manager Option
  • Expand the Network Adapters section. You should see an entry for the Atheros adapter. Right click on this and select Properties
  • Click on the Advanced tab
  • In the left hand column click on Power Save Mode and change the option on the side from Maximum to Off.
  • Finally, click OK and close Device Manager.

This is the workaround reported by many users and has certainly worked for me.

Posted by David Artiss

Happiness Engineer for the WordPress VIP team at Automattic. Gamer, entertainer and general fan of all things Marvel.

2 Replies to “Acer Aspire One slow Wi-Fi”

  1. This information is not very useful, I don’t see “My Computer” at all on the Acer Apire 1 2011 model. I do see “Computer” I think these instructions need to be re-written.


    1. Joe,

      This was written for the earlier Windows XP version – I assume yours has Windows 7. As I don’t have that version of the netbook I can’t verify whether it has the same problem OR whether the workaround is still correct. Certainly, new hardware and a new OS, if you’re having the same problems then I suspect it’s a totally different problem and solution.



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