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    Wireless range problem

    This is a discussion on Wireless range problem within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Good morning! Because of broadband service problems, Sky recently replaced my Netgear router with the Sagem. They reckoned it should ...

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      Wireless range problem

      Good morning!
      Because of broadband service problems, Sky recently replaced my Netgear router with the Sagem. They reckoned it should also overcome my range problem, but it doesn't.
      I'm in a flat, so no stairs, but some thick walls between master socket & PC, about 25 - 30 feet apart. Max signal strength 2 bars, but there's another sky router in the area strength 5! And some strong BT ones depending on channel ( I've tried all 13). So the router is now beside the PC on an extension socket, but I can't use a laptop in the living room.
      ( BTW, I have an oven thermometer with a wireless remote display which has no trouble at all ! )
      USB adaptor on PC is D-Link DWL-G122. Sky have suggested I buy a Netgear adaptor (which one?), but my faith in their advice does not encourage me to spend money without further enquiries.
      What would you wise men suggest please?


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      Re: Wireless range problem

      It sounds like your signal is being drowned out by those around you, you could invest in a couple of homeplugs, if needed you could get one with a wireless access point built in and plug that into the front room for the laptop.

      I cannot see what another wireless adaptor will achieve.

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      Re: Wireless range problem

      Thanks for prompt reply.
      My central heating uses Mains Borne Signalling, albeit on a separate circuit - is there likely to be any conflict?
      Regards

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      Re: Wireless range problem

      You say you have tried 3 channels, there are 13. Try number 13 as few use it. Or, if you can see the channels around you, choose one as far from those in use as possible.

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      http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html/ TCPOptimiser /Test Socket

      Note - When downloading always select the Custom install or you will end up with stuff you don't want.





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      Re: Wireless range problem

      Thanks TomD, but I did say I've tried all 13.

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      Re: Wireless range problem

      Sorry, I mixed your post up with another.

      Do you have the latest driver for your adapter? New drivers were release a few months ago.
      DWL-G122: 54Mbps Wireless-G USB Adapter - Technical support D-Link

      I doubt if changing the adapter will make much difference, it is the router giving out a weak signal that is the main problem. Sky recommend Netgear adapters for no other reason than that is the type they sell! If you want to stay with wireless changing your router to an N type would make a big difference. Even though it is against the T & Cs, many in your position have done so to get a decent wireless signal.

      If your heating is on a dedicated circuit, I doubt if it would interfere with Homeplugs, which are the best solution. I would think it would be on a separate meter, which is the demarcation point for Homeplugs. Read more here-
      14Mbps, 85Mbps Turbo, Wireless, AV, GIG PLC, MediaXtream, Home Plug/PowerLine adapters from Solwise

      TomD


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