Or, can the modules, and, I guess, the quality thereof, affect the strength and/or quality of the Internet connection?
I've been comparing the connections when in ms-winblows vs Slackware64.
It isn't scientific by any means, but I've been visiting the same sites, using the same software, i.e., browser, reading the same posts or playing the same videos, etc., etc., etc., all on the same box, i.e, the hardware is the same.
Unfortunately, in Slackware64 the connection appears to be inferior. By that I mean you can be, e.g., reading posts on a board such as this one and when you want to go back to the index page or "turn the page" the connections appears to have stalled or disappeared and you have to wait several seconds for it to come back to life, if it comes back at all. Sometimes it reappears after hitting the 'refresh' button. Doesn't matter if I'm using networkmanager or wicd, the results are the same.
In ms-winblows this not a problem. The signal is there and you can move to the next page immediately.
Is there a fix for this?