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Low signal strength and no connection with wireless adapter

Discussion in 'Networking' started by qpaulina42, Nov 9, 2007.

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  1. qpaulina42

    qpaulina42 Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I am sorry, I do not know much about computers. I have two, a PC and a laptop. Both are set up for wireless internet but the PC does not connect well if at all and is always saying that the signal strength is low or very low. When I take my laptop to the same location where the PC is located, the signal strength diminishes a bit but connection remains just fine. Also, I have tried just running a wire from the router to the PC and then connection is then ok.

    Here is all the info I could think of:

    PC: Dell Dimension DIM3000, Intel(R), Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz, RAM 2.39GHz, 512MB, Microsoft Windows XP version 2002, SP2
    Wireless adapter being used on PC: Linksys Wireless-G 2.4GHz, 802.11g, Model #WUSB854G. It came with an installation CD and I used it before in a different location where the router was one floor above me and it seemed ok, though not fantastic.

    Laptop: Dell Inspiron 2500, 260,080 KB RAM, Windows 2000, 5.00.2195, SP 3
    Wireless card: Netgear 108 Mbps Wireless PC Card, WG511T

    Our ISP is Earthlink but is actually provided by Time Warner. It's supposedly broadband. The cable comes into the Time Warner Surf Board or whatever it's called and then into the Netgear Router (54 Mpbs Wireless Router WGR614 v7) from which it goes into the phone adapter and phone.

    I did the Speakeasy Speed test on the laptop and I have a 1578kbps download speed and a 967kbps upload speed by the PC and a 2833/960 speed near the router. I could not get the internet browser page to open on the PC.

    Do you have any suggestions? Can I buy some sort of signal enhancer? Should I get a different adapter for the PC? Did I set something up wrong?

    Cheers and many thanks.
    P
     
  2. TerryNet

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    I think the key thing is that with the USB adapter on the desktop it's "always saying that the signal strength is low or very low."

    Since you get a decent signal with the other PC there may be a problem with the exact position of the USB adapter or there may be a problem with it or its driver.

    Since even slight difference in position can make a difference when you don't have line of sight, try moving the adapter (and maybe router) a little bit. Remember that even the PC itself is an obstruction if it is between the adapter and the router.

    If the router is in a different room I suggest you move the router into the same room to see what kind of signal you get that way (you need not have internet access to look at signal strength and connect to the router).

    You could also install the adapter on the laptop and see how it performs there.

    Let us know what you find out with these attempts.
     
  3. qpaulina42

    qpaulina42 Thread Starter

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    Unfortunately I am unable to move the router, but I have tried moving the adapter around, and the only way it works is if I stretch it out all across the room and into the hallway. Perhaps I would be better off using a wire? Or can I buy some sort of router enhancer?
    Thanks for reply!
     
  4. TerryNet

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    Ethernet is faster and more reliable than Wi-Fi and if running a cable is not inconvenient or impossible should be used for a stationary PC.

    There are power boosters and hi-gain antennas that improve signal strength.
     
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    qpaulina42 Thread Starter

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    running a cable is also nearly impossible, I am afraid. That is why we went with the wireless. Are the boosters and hi-gain antennas any good?
     
  6. JohnWill

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    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
     
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