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The signal strength usually shows low or very low. I`ve been changing the channels through 1,6,11, but it doesn`t change the signal strength. My modem is a Netgear CGD24N v2. The computer operates ok but i`d like the signal strength to show better than low. Any ideas please?(y)
 

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Have you check the router settings to see if the radio power setting is turned up?

You might also have to relocate your wifi closer or add another wfi router as a repeater. Hopefully, moving and the power settings first, repeater as a last resort.
 

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Have you check the router settings to see if the radio power setting is turned up?

You might also have to relocate your wifi closer or add another wfi router as a repeater. Hopefully, moving and the power settings first, repeater as a last resort.
Thank You. Could you tell me how to "check the router settings to see if the radio power setting is turned up"? My modem is a Netgear CGD24nv2.(y)
 

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how far away from the router are you ? and what construction is the building . floors/ceilings between you and the router
try moving the router / aerial - sometimes just a few feet can make a lot of difference
 

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how far away from the router are you ? and what construction is the building . floors/ceilings between you and the router
try moving the router / aerial - sometimes just a few feet can make a lot of difference
I should have explained first, that it was showing 'good/very good' up until a month ago. The distance is about thirty feet with two plasterboard walls in between, carpeted floors, no ceiling cavity. Not possible to move the modem/router. I`m starting to think it may be the modem that`s the problem. I had a look in wireless settings to check the router settings to see if the radio power setting is turned up, as "Lex.Luthor" suggested but couldn`t see anything to check. :)
 

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it was showing 'good/very good' up until a month ago.
how old is it , they do wear out , also anything changed , like furniture etc

have a play with xirrus and see what it looks like over a period of time, it maybe some form of interference


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Run Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
Download and install

If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC

http://www.xirrus.com/Products/Wi-Fi-Inspector.aspx
Direct link to the program is here http://wpc.475a.edgecastcdn.net/00475A/XirrusWiFiInspectorSetup.1.2.0.exe

{If the above link does not work heres another link http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_download/fid,77196-order,4/download.html}

Then run and install the program - on a wireless enabled PC/Laptop
if you get an error - You need NET Framework installed for the WiFi Inspector to function.

Run the program

A user guide is available here http://www.xirrus.com/Products/Wi-Fi-Inspector/xirruswifiinspectorguide1-2-0.aspx

post a screen shot of the program running - if there are a lot of networks showing can you click on "networks" top lefthand area - so we can see all the network information, and also post which network "Adapter Name" (1st column) is yours on the list

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
Full details are here http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Posting_a_Screenshot

Note:
For a reliable (or robust as the Xirrus user guide says) wireless connection you need a signal of about -70 dBm or better.

If you are using the Mac OS then use http://www.istumbler.net/
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terrace

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how old is it , they do wear out , also anything changed , like furniture etc

have a play with xirrus and see what it looks like over a period of time, it maybe some form of interference


------------------------------------------------------------------------
Run Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
Download and install

If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC

http://www.xirrus.com/Products/Wi-Fi-Inspector.aspx
Direct link to the program is here http://wpc.475a.edgecastcdn.net/00475A/XirrusWiFiInspectorSetup.1.2.0.exe

{If the above link does not work heres another link http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_download/fid,77196-order,4/download.html}

Then run and install the program - on a wireless enabled PC/Laptop
if you get an error - You need NET Framework installed for the WiFi Inspector to function.

Run the program

A user guide is available here http://www.xirrus.com/Products/Wi-Fi-Inspector/xirruswifiinspectorguide1-2-0.aspx

post a screen shot of the program running - if there are a lot of networks showing can you click on "networks" top lefthand area - so we can see all the network information, and also post which network "Adapter Name" (1st column) is yours on the list

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
Full details are here http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Posting_a_Screenshot

Note:
For a reliable (or robust as the Xirrus user guide says) wireless connection you need a signal of about -70 dBm or better.

If you are using the Mac OS then use http://www.istumbler.net/
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Thank You. It`s about three years of age so i`d better check it out first.(y)
 

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Coincedintly - my sons home this weekend and he just happened to mention a blind spot he has in one of the bedroom nor he has an ipad and uses it on the Bed - all i did was move the router by 6" and also turn it around a we increaed the signal on a test laptop with xirrus on - wait to see how the ipad works later today and tomorrow

so sometimes just a small change can help
 

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Coincedintly - my sons home this weekend and he just happened to mention a blind spot he has in one of the bedroom nor he has an ipad and uses it on the Bed - all i did was move the router by 6" and also turn it around a we increaed the signal on a test laptop with xirrus on - wait to see how the ipad works later today and tomorrow

so sometimes just a small change can help
Ok, see how it goes.:cool:
 

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And even if it is not possible to move the router at all its antenna(s) may have been accidentally reoriented.
 
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I would get the xirrus that etaf linked and test the router. It is possible that the router is getting bad.
 
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