If you read our tutorial to speed up your internet connection in Windows 7 then you might want to grab this internet speed gadget to verify how good your signal strength (WLAN) and download speed are.
Monitor Your Network Traffic
The internet speed gadget is a simple gadget. It can display your internal and external IP address on your desktop, the signal strength of your WLAN and of course the upload and download speed of your internet connection. You can do a speed test and IP lookup via the gadget, although the speed test did not work when I tried it on my system.
Before you can use the internet speed gadget you have to configure it. Click on the screwdriver icon and select your network interface for the speed test and internal IP lookup:
You can download the Windows 7 internet speed gadget over here