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Suggestions for Network Adapter

Discussion in 'Networking' started by deanidsdon, Feb 12, 2020.

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  1. deanidsdon

    deanidsdon Thread Starter

    Feb 12, 2020
    Recently I have set up a desktop computer which will obviously need an internet connection.
    As of now my phone is tethered to the pc, and I am using my data to browse, which is suboptimal as the connection is mediocre and it is costly.
    For context, the pc is located in a small studio which is a seperate building to the main house.
    I have attempted to connect to the main network using a wi-fi card - however the studio is too far away from the router to get a consistent signal.
    I have also tried using a d-link Power Line AV device, which uses existing power connections for an Ethernet connection. This was not successful either.
    The Power Line AV device is not faulty, as it works when both of the units are installed inside the house. However, when one end is installed in the studio, the connection is either weak or non-existent.

    If worst comes to worst, I could always obtain a 20-meter or so Ethernet cable and string it all the way to the studio, but this is not the most elegant or reliable solution.
    Any suggestions either on how to get the Wi-Fi card or D-Link system working, or another solution for the situation would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for your time :)
  2. lunarlander


    Sep 21, 2007
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    With luck the above may be all you need. But ...

    Depending on distance and obstructions (e.g., walls of both buildings) you may need additional equipment. Possibly even a wireless access point and wireless client in facing windows of the respective buildings. Or even outdoor equipment.

    With a laptop or with an Android tablet or phone you could test the signal strength at different spots outside and just inside a window of the studio to get an idea of where the signal strength is sufficient.
  4. deanidsdon

    deanidsdon Thread Starter

    Feb 12, 2020
    I have already obtained and tried to use a wifi card like this, specifically the TP-LINK TL-WN881ND (https://www.umart.com.au/TP-LINK-TL...hmd2fcsou8qy_bIjJIZC02vBVQEEg5wBoC5qEQAvD_BwE)
    The connection does not work most of the time, and when it does it is weak at best. I also attempted to connect at a closer distance to the router - the connection was better although still dropped out occasionally. The wifi card itself is not faulty, as I tested both distances with another card and got a similar result.
    Hopefully my motherboard is not damaged or faulty - I will try the Wi-Fi card in another PCIe slot shortly.
    Interestingly, when I try to use my phone's connection to the internet as a network adapter for my PC, the same thing happens wherein the connection shorts out every now and then. I have checked, and all drivers are up to date. If this problem could be fixed I would at least be able to use my phone (connected to Wi-Fi instead of data) as a temporary solution.
    I will definitely look into a Wi-Fi range extender. Thanks for the replies!
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