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Dead spots

Discussion in 'Networking' started by mfred1, Dec 15, 2005.

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  1. mfred1

    mfred1 Thread Starter

    Apr 27, 2004
    I have a wireless network composed of a desktop (to which the router is wired) and 2 laptops. All 3 run windows xp pro. The network worked great until I remodeled my computer room and moved the desktop and router from one wall to another. Now I have dead spots all over the house. The router is a netgear b. I even tried buying a new one, mimo, which was advertised to eliminate dead spots. It didn't help the problem, so I returned it. I tried purchasing long cables for the router, and moved it to various places in the room; again, no help. Any suggestions as to why this would happen? Thanks for the assistance.
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Phase of the moon? It could be anything.

    The RX for router range issues is to first try to move the router to as central a location as possible, attach a hi-gain antenna, or use a secondary WAP to cover a wider area.
  3. cypher2

    cypher2 Account Closed

    Dec 1, 2004
    I have seen this happen before with a Cisco Wireless Access point - positioned only 2 metres away

    Although other PC's / Laptop around it will pick it up fine

    Not sure about the Science though - maybe just bad air ??
  4. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Adding to JohnWill's post, actual dead spots are likely a function of a barrier in the path between router and computer. Barrier such as metal file cabinet, collection of CDs, TV, refrigerator, etc. And consider the angle through a wall. If the path is perpendicular to a 4 inch wall there is much less interference than if the path is at a much different angle.
  5. O111111O


    Aug 26, 2005
    Try purchasing a couple of higher gain YAGI antenna.
    The TX power of most AP's is only 100-200Mw, it's not that hard to insert anything metal to interfere with it.

    My house is less than 4000sq ft, I have two AP's with omni and 30" beam antenna to cover the house/outside.
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