Do I need a more powerful network card?

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hotskates

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My laptop came with this card: Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card, and I am getting terrible internet reception on this computer. The reception is only "fair" when I am 3 rooms away from where the router is. When I take the laptop to the room where the router is the reception is "great". I was wondering if I bought this Belkin network card to slide into the empty slot on this computer if that would have any better reception?

The Belkin I'm thinking of is this one:
Belkin F5D7010 Wireless-G 54Mbps PC-Card Notebook Adapter

--or is there a more powerful network card?

**I've already discussed (in another thread) putting the router in the attic but I want to first see if this would work.
 

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The power of the adapter is of little importance. The antenna (built into the case) of the integrated adapter is likely much better than the one in a Notebook card, so you would gain nothing, and lose convenience and probably reception. Unless you use your laptop mostly as a desktop replacement an external antenna would be inconvenient so I would suggest that you concentrate on the router.

Can you move the router closer? Search this forum for one of JohnWill's frequent posts on hi-gain or directional antennas.
 

hotskates

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Can you move the router closer?
TerryNet...........I knew you'd say that ;) Guess I'll have to re-think getting the router up into the attic.

I had my fingers crossed though that maybe there was a super powerful network card out there:rolleyes: I had to try! Thanks:)
 

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802.11n (still draft) devices have much greater range; but I think you'd have to get a router for the advantage, and walls may still be too much of an obstruction for it w/o a better antenna.

Maybe somebody knows if a 802.11n card with a 'g' router is any advantage for range.
 
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I don't think so. You are correct. If anybody wants to reap the benefits of an 'N' card, they would need an 'N' router. But also please keep in mind that this is only from what I have read so far.
 

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Consider increasing the signal at the router end.

Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain™ WiFi Range Extending Products.

Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a some examples.

Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna

[HAO14SD] Outdoor Hi-Gain 14dBi Directional Antenna Kit


This is just a sample of available products, many people have hi-gain antennas with similar specifications, but I haven't seen any other suppliers of signal boosters.
 

hotskates

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Or would a card like this maybe be more powerful?
NETGEAR WPN511 RangeMax Wireless-G MIMO PC-Card Notebook Adapter

I'll look into increasing the router signal and I'll look into antennas too.
 
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