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    Signal Strength:Low

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      Signal Strength:Low

      Hi,

      My Sky Broadband connection is pathetically slow.But I have a strange problem with my sky router.I use a laptop to browse internet. When I sit next to the router my laptop shows signal strength as excellent. But when I move a distance 2-3 meters from router my laptop starts showing signal strength as low. I am sure that there is no problem with my laptop as I have checked it at my friends place. Can somebody please help me in this router issue.


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      Re: Signal Strength:Low

      I've been told that the Sky router isn't particularly good at wireless. Having said that, mine works fine when located upstairs, allowing me to use my laptop outside in the garden, but, when I temporarily placed the router downstairs, I couldn't connect to it even when sat next to it in the hallway! Try changing channels in the router under "Wireless Settings", 11 is supposedly the most efficient - don't forget to change channels to match on your laptop.

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      Re: Signal Strength:Low

      I'd be interested to hear if one wireless channel really is inherently more efficient than another.

      The factory setting for many routers is 11 (11 being the maximum number of channels in the USA, while in Europe we have 13). But for some the default is channel 1.

      My understanding is that you should choose a channel that's 6 or more stops away from any neighbouring system because each frequency has overlap interference equivalent to three channels. To improve wireless performance Namsky may want to do a scan for neighbouring networks and choose a new channel on that basis. Also, relocate cordless phone base station, video sender etc.

      A good dodge is to locate the router and the receiving computer near windows on the same side of the building -- but bear in mind wireless range of 300metres in fresh air and apply encryption.

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      Re: Signal Strength:Low

      Another good thing to try my friend is to restart your wireless adapter which I believe should be built into your laptop. If still no joy, maybe investing in a new one maybe worth a go? They are fairly cheap on Ebay.

     

     

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