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    Poor wireless signal strength...

    This is a discussion on Poor wireless signal strength... within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Router is downstairs by my front door and I'm upstairs in the bedroom. Not very far at all but signal ...

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      Poor wireless signal strength...

      Router is downstairs by my front door and I'm upstairs in the bedroom. Not very far at all but signal strength is poor !!!!

      Any suggestions for improving?

      Is it worth getting an extended antenna?
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      Re: Poor wireless signal strength...

      Check for interference from neighbouring networks and change to a frequency 6 channels from strongest. Move the computer if possible, a slight change can alter signal strength. Stick the router and computer by windows on the same side of building.

      Netgear don't recommend changing the antenna, but people do and report improvements -- see e-bay.

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      Re: Poor wireless signal strength...

      Quote Originally Posted by fihart View Post
      Check for interference from neighbouring networks and change to a frequency 6 channels from strongest. Move the computer if possible, a slight change can alter signal strength. Stick the router and computer by windows on the same side of building.

      Netgear don't recommend changing the antenna, but people do and report improvements -- see e-bay.
      Yeh. Might try a channel change see if that helps...

      I was thinking of the antenna on the desktop PCI card to be honest. I've got a laptop in the living room and signal to that is excellent, but the desktop upstairs is a bit dodgy.

      Its not like I've got an old house with thick walls - I live in a modern Barratt-build house with cardboard (only just thicker than) walls !!!
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      Re: Poor wireless signal strength...

      I've put a Linksys aerial on my cheapo PCI adapter and it seems to have helped.

      My desktop is a good 50ft from the router, signal has to pass through partition walls and a brick structural wall -- and the neighbourhood is infested with (maybe 20) wireless networks in small businesses and flats. The DG834GT's wireless isn't as bad as people claim.

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      Re: Poor wireless signal strength...

      Quote Originally Posted by fihart View Post
      I've put a Linksys aerial on my cheapo PCI adapter and it seems to have helped.

      My desktop is a good 50ft from the router, signal has to pass through partition walls and a brick structural wall -- and the neighbourhood is infested with (maybe 20) wireless networks in small businesses and flats. The DG834GT's wireless isn't as bad as people claim.
      Anything special about the Linksys aerial ???
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      Re: Poor wireless signal strength...

      Also, has anyone successfully used a range extender to boost signal? If so, which one have you used? I have a D-Link DWL-G710 Range Extender, but seem to have struggled to get it to effectively help...

      Any advice?

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      Re: Poor wireless signal strength...

      Quote Originally Posted by psychocandy View Post
      Anything special about the Linksys aerial ???
      I'm afraid that it just happened along (attached to a car-boot buy wireless bridge for 2 that didn't work). But it looked more professional than the stick on a wire device that came with my adapter and seems to work better.

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      Re: Poor wireless signal strength...

      Several interesting articles can be found on this website Solwise Reference Articles & White Papers

      I suggest "Wireless around the home" for starters.....

      I have bought all my comms hardware from Solwise, until i got the free router from Sky, and they are extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

     

     

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