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Short operating range of wireless router

A Siemens Gigaset SE587 WLAN dsl, has been provided by my ISP.

This works fine when my laptop is approx. 20metres away, in one part of the house (One brick wall in between), but I cannot get a connection at the same distance, with three brick walls in between.

Is the router not powerful enough?

I believe that the router is made specifically for my ISP, Tiscali, so information is not readily available.

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Peter Norris

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Hello Peter. I think you may have pinned down the problem within your post. British brick walls can be very solid - and thick - which may well be enough to degrade or block your wireless signal.

The first thing I would try is to move the router to as open and central a position as you can, and see if that helps. Adding a wireless LAN antenna to your router can also help boost a weak signal a little (these just replace an existing antenna on the router).

However, other options you may want to investigate include:

1) using a wireless repeater to boost the signal from your router;
2) a powerline networking system, such as Homeplug ;
3) installing a new router with a more powerful range

..or indeed, abandoning wireless altogether and using a wired connection!

I hope this helps you explore some options, and find a solution.

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