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LOW WIRELESS SIGNAL STRENGTH

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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Usually, with this problem, it's due to low signal strength. Digital TV needs a good quality DTV antenna. GOOD QUALITY cables and connectors are also a good idea. If you live in a low signal strength area, u may also need an amplified antenna.

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Sometimes you will get a false low signal strength indication, but here's something to try anyways.
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 are broadcasting 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.
Look in your router manual or pdf guide or whatever instructions you have for it, and change the wireless channel.
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).

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No don't buy an LCD TV! I mean, unless you want to, they are nice :-) But you'll still have the same antenna issue. I looked up your antenna, if it's actually working just fading in and out, try an in line amplifier first (radioshack 1501170), and if that doesn't fix your issue, time to upgrade your antenna. It does get a little pricier, but do keep in mind the whole set up is good for 10-20 years. Before going back to RadioShack, go to this website:
www.antennaweb.org

If you live closer than 15 miles, rabbit ears
If you live closer than 20 miles, omnidirectional
If you live closer than 50 miles, midrange outdoor (oldschool arial w/ rotator)
Further than 80 miles, you'll need a long range with rotator, perhaps even an amplifier to go with it. Print off what your results were on antenna web and bring it to a RadioShack or a local antenna store and they should be able to point you to the right antenna for your particular location.

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Check on the right hand corner of your device for the vertical signal bars - 5 bars indicate full strength and 1 indicate very low signal. "OFF" indicates the radio is off and need to be turned on.

In case signal strength is good, you should be able to make and receive calls. In case it does not work, just try taking the battery out and put it back after 15 seconds and try again.

In case signal strength is low , either you are in a low signal zone or your SIM card is bad. Take the SIM card out, wipe the gold plated surface using a clean tissue, put it back and try again.

In case the radio is OFF, turn it on by clicking on the icon (Turn Wireless on) on the home page.

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The fact that it sometimes works and sometimes not, would indicate that maybe your wireless signal strength is poor. Try moving the router and/or antenna and recheck the signal strength. If you would provide more details about the problem and your setup it may be helpful in diagnosing the problem.

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