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    This is a discussion on wireless problems within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Hi Guys hope you can help, I have recently joined sky max, and I am having problems with the wireless ...

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      wireless problems

      Hi Guys hope you can help,

      I have recently joined sky max, and I am having problems with the wireless side of things, my hardware and connection is as follows.
      Sky Max package
      line noise 55db
      down stream at router 3776 kbps
      upstream at router 768 Kkbps

      Router is connected to the main socket upstairs and in the test socket the router delivers 4mb only, I have no problem with this as I am a way from the exchange.

      However my comp resides next to the tv downstairs as the plasma is my moitor so i can't move it, if i move the router to anywhere else my speed drops to 1850 kbps, but the strength increases, the best I can acheive with any combination is 325k a sec download speed

      i have a usb 2.0 adapter in the comp

      question for you all is what would be the best way to increase the signal to my computer within a reasonable budget.

      thx

      mark


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      Re: wireless problems

      Ethernet will deliver better speeds than wireless usually. You might be able to improve wirelss performance if you can place both the router and computer near windows (signals travel better thru air than thru brick).

      If your computer is a desktop (or tower) the cheapest way to upgrade your reception is to add a PCI wireless adapter -- in my experience more powerful than USB.

      If you have a laptop, I have a suspicion that PCMCIA (aka PC Card) wireless adapters are better than USB.

      If price is no concern, have a look at Netgear's Rangemax USB adapter (and similar from other brands) -- but do ask whether any improvement depends on linking to a Rangemax-type router.

      If you must buy a new router, it is possible to obtain the username and password that Sky flash into the router issued with SkyBB and transfer it to your new router. Advice on that is on this site.

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      Re: wireless problems

      if you want to boost your wifi signal you need a high gain antenna. You netgear comes with a 2dbi antenna, you can easily up that to around 5 - 9 dbi

      Hawking Hi-Gain Antenna (HAI6SIP)

      the above link is for a 6 dbi antenna (just watch out for the connectors, the netgear sky give you is a TNC, i think :-S)

      If you are feeling adventurous you can make your own (illegal) high gain antennas, whack the power up to 20dbi (google for pringle cantenna) :-)

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      Smile Re: wireless problems

      Thanks for the suggestions guys,

      I have an old pci card from my bt setup and for what they cost I think a better aerial might be good also, unfortunatly the master socket is at the back of the house upstairsso fitting windows would be a problem for the wife.

      Think I might have a go at the homemade one for the crack and ill let you all know if its any good.

      meanwhile stuck with low signal strength and 11mbps.

      thanks mark


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      Re: wireless problems

      Much better results, and more readily available components, for a parabolic antenna, see here http://www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/
      Service recovery 02392 899292

      You got 3 right!
      D'oh! Not good, dude.

     

     

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