An indepth article depicting based on actual data is provided which eventually leads to thinking perhaps, you should tweak your windows network settings...
Though people had complained that both the machines tested had slightly different specs and hence the performance results could be skewed, I have been browsing on both a windows PC and a linux box and it does look like (no systematic tests conducted!) the throughput that I get on a Linux PC is much higher than as experienced on the windows PC so far.
The windows PC or laptop has 512MB RAM and is an Intel Centreno Duo 1.66GHz where as the Linux Box is a older AMD Athlon XP @ 2.66GHz with 384 MB of Memory. Both connect via the wireless. The few parameters which may make a difference are:
- The XP box is laptop which may compromize for space rather than for performance
- The Desktop has a higher MHz rating
- Virus scanner on the laptop may bring down the performance. The Linux box has no such apps hogging memory or CPU bandwidth.
- Network adapter differences - The desktop has a netgear wlan card which may offer better performance