Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Sometimes you may get a false low signal strength indication, but here's something to try anyway.
Imagine if we lived in a society where all TV signals came in on the same channels.
If you are watching channel 11, but 3 other TV stations in your area are also broadcasting on channel 11 along with the one you want to watch, it takes a lot more effort to get the information you want from the one station you are trying to watch.
So lets say you and your TV station strike up a deal, and they move to channel 6...and nobody else in the area is on channel 6...great, now you can watch your program effortlessly.
Wireless can be like that, and most routers are factory configured to channel 11, which means there may be a lot of routers in your area on channel 11 besides you!
Look in your router manual or pdf guide or whatever instructions you have for your router, and change the wireless channel.
Most routers are accessed through your browser by putting in the address http://192.168.X.1 where X is either 0, 1 or 2. The login is almost always admin, and unless you changed it, either leave the password blank, or use the words admin or password as the password.
I have found in the past that you can go from poor signal with frequent disconnects, to full signal strength at the highest speed and no disconnects, just by choosing a better channel (and yes, I usually pick 6 first, and only try others if necessary).
This especially helps if the device you are trying to connect has an unsophisticated wireless component, such as a wireless printer.
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