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Raltec router wireless wierd operation

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Icantlogin, Apr 22, 2010.

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  1. Icantlogin

    Icantlogin Thread Starter

    Apr 8, 2010
    I have a Raltec router in my living room
    next to the Data Vision receiver.
    About 150 feet away I have a barn with a
    computer room where I mess around with
    broken PCs.
    In an effort to get the internet in the barn
    I have connected a 11b linksys USB adapter
    to an IBM Xp machine.

    I find if I hang the router OUTSIDE the room
    facing the house I get "excellent" signal strength,
    and the internet works fine.

    If I position the adapter 6 inches away INSIDE the
    door the signal goes to GOOD and I get no internet.
    If I position the adapter on the inside of a large
    picture window next to the door I get GOOD signal
    and also no Internet.

    Is this typical of wireless operation?

    How can I improve the signal inside the barn?
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Did you mean the adapter, not the router???

    Depending on the router and its antenna(s) and the obstacles the signal goes through to get from the router to the outside of the house this may be typical or it may be very good.

    Use better antenna(s) on the router; position the router to have a straight path through a window to the barn; upgrade to an 'N' router; or move the barn closer to the house. Those, of course, are assuming you don't have a metal barn.

    Using a better antenna on the adapter should make better use of the signal you get. Using a 'G' or 'N' adapter may also help.
  3. Icantlogin

    Icantlogin Thread Starter

    Apr 8, 2010
    The adapter is moved to outside the barn.
    both the router and the adapter have dinky
    antennas that are not removable.

    Maybe moving the router higher to the second story
    would be better.

    I can also wrap the antenna with one end
    of a wire in an attempt to expend its range.
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