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Remote Antenna Can I move the antenna away from the MI424WR-D wireless router and connect via coax cable. This to gain height and improve signal. If so what type of coax and connectors are to be used?

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I suggest LMR-400 cable, but generally most any coax cable will do. As far as your connectors, I suggest visiting RadioShack or The Source for these, remove your existing antenna and bring it with you to determine what N-Connectors you will need.

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WIRELESS OUT OF RANGE


Move closer. That's not always an option though. Here are some tips to improve the range of wireless routers:

1) Locate the router higher in the building rather than lower (1st or second floor is better than a basement location).

2) Place the router in a location that will offer the least resistance to the signals - it is easier to pass wifi signals through gypsum board than it is for concrete / brick or walls with aluminum siding on them.

3) Change the antenna(s) on the router to a type that offers more gain. Typical router omni directional antennas offer 3dB to 5dB or gain - there are others that offer 7 dB or more of omnidirectional gain for reasonable prices. The antenna gain works for both transmit from and receive to the router.

4) if the device you wirsh to connect to the router is in one place, consider a directional Yagi antenna. These antennas concentrate the entire wifi signal in a direction that is 30 degrees wide and can allow the signal to be seen 5, 6 or even more times further in one direction - instead of being spread out over 360 degrees. These antennas cost a little more, but can solve the problem quickly.

5) Replace the manufacturer's stock firmware of selected routers with a 3rd party type such as DD-WRT or Tomato. Either of these will work with your Linksys WRT54G router. One of the benefits is the ability to boost output power of the wifi radio in the new settings the firmware offers. Read about both and decide if either is something you're comfortable doing.

6) Add additional wifi routers configured as a bridge or an access point to extend the wifi signal into an underserved area. DD-WRT supports bridging as shown here.

I hope this helps & good luck!

Jan 30, 2013 | Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G Router

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Have cisco linkys E3000 and signal is poor from one room to another one. Is there any help to increase power etc. Rgds dodorp43do@yahoo.com


Hi, Some ways to improve signal are:
  1. Place the router in a central location
  2. Place the router on the same floor that it is mainly used
  3. Replace the antenna with a hi-gain version
  4. Replace the network card in your computer with a better model
  5. Change the channel of your router to use a less populated channel
  6. Reduce wireless interference by removing objects on the same band (e.g. most home wireless phone systems work on the same band as wireless routers)
  7. Update your firmware on your router
  8. Update the network driver on your computer
  9. Upgrade the router
  10. Make a parabolic reflector for your router:

    Hope this helps. If it does, please accept and rate the solution! Contact me with any more questions you may have. Thanks for using FixYa!

May 22, 2011 | Linksys E3000 Wireless Router

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How do you share a netgear router . my neighbor and i want to share the bill..


First, you'll want to do this wirelessly. Running a copper network cable (CAT5, etc.) between equipment (computers and other network gear) that is plugged into two different electrical systems (your house & the neighbor's house) is going to cause problems. The slight differences in voltage between these homes is going to try to equalize over the copper network wiring between the two homes. The points of connection will be the router in one home and the network device in the other (this can be the computer network card or other switch). You will be repairing and / or replacing these parts pretty often - especially after lightning storms. Of course, if you run fiber between the two locations, this voltage equalizing problem won't be an issue and the network will be very reliable and extremely fast. This is highly recommended but is also costly.

My suggestion is that you use a pair of high gain, directional antennas pointed directly at each other (if signal strength is an issue). The more gain they have, the better the wireless performance of the network and the longer the range will be (this is very helpful if you're more than 100 yards apart). Since the signal is concentrated in only one direction, it restricts the ability of the network to be detected all directions by those not it is not intended.

To do this, you'll need to utilize network hardware that supports the use of external antennas. This is accomplished by devices that have removable antennas, secured by threaded antenna jacks. You would disconnect the supplied antenna from the router, and connect a short length of antenna coax cable designed for this use (the shorter; the better) between the new antenna and the antenna jack of the router.

You would do the same thing in the second location, too. You would use the wireless signal utility to help you aim the antennas at each other. Once the highest signal has been found, secure the antennas in position.

This second location could be a single computer with the network card's antenna replaced - or, optionally you could install a second wireless router so that you could connect more than one computer easily via CAT5 cabling in the second location. This would be done with wireless routers that are capable of "Wireless Bridging" This is easier (less expensive, too) than trying to aim multiple antennas in the second location at the router in the first location.

A detailed site offer a great deal of information to do this. They also have firmware that you would use to replace the factory firmware of some routers that make it easy to adjust and configure your network. For instance, I used a couple of LinkSys routers from eBay that cost me about $50 each, and a couple of antennas and 3 foot long coaxial cables for another $100. For about $200, I was able to exactly what you're trying to do. Check the site. Review the list of routers that is supported by the firmware if yours is on it - you're that much further ahead - if not, well, it will be easier to get what they suggest. Download and flash the routers. Configure Bridge mode and see if you're close enough for decent speed and reliability. If lacking - consider purchasing antennas.

There's a LOT of info to learn, but if you take your time, read, ask questions there - you'll get what you need. Check out the site:

DD-WRT

This is a starting point and should give you a point to start learning more about this. Please rate my reply. Thank you.

Mar 23, 2011 | Routers

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Signal not strong enough can I boost it


The "Wireless / Advanced" configuration window contains a setting for transmit power. Be sure it is set to 100%.
Otherwise, your only options are to replace the antenna with a booster antenna, or to add a stronger wireless router as an access point to your current setup. Using a booster antenna requires the D-Link to have a removable antenna, which it may not have -- none of the documentation calls this out as a feature.
Keep in mind that if you are trying to use this router over excessive distances, boosting the router's own power will not necessarily improve your connection, because the broadcast power of the remote PCs is also a limiting factor.

Dec 02, 2010 | D-Link DSL-2640B Wireless 11/54Mbps ADSL2+...

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I lose the signal from my 2300 if I move past 30 feet away from it. What can I do to increase the signal distance?


Things that will affect the range on a Wireless router signal are signal strength, and a big factor to this is the antenna you use. The small antenna that comes with the router normally offers around "Up to 100m" indoors and "Up to 450m" outdoors (open range) range, router to computer, and replacing this antenna with a higher gain directional antenna pointed towards your laptop would normally be a way to improve this signal. Router login involves using web browser and going to http://192.168.2.1 and login is admin as well as the password of admin ... unless you have changed it! At any rate, if all antennas are correctly attached the router to computer distance would not be a problem. Check antenna connection, replace if all secure and still have low signal strength. Please let me know the outcome of the repair efforts? Thank you.

Dec 14, 2009 | Dell TrueMobile 2300 Wireless Broadband...

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I have three computes connected to my router. Two in the same room and one in a room less than 30 feet away. The one in the next room has a low signal of two bars and I want to know how I can improve this...


You can buy a bigger antenna. You can find them on websites like directron, or any other computer website. It's called a high gain antenna. Wireless signals are greatly reduces when they have to go through certain surfaces, like walls, brick and the like. Another thing you can do it put the wireless router closer inbetween them. Or even up in the attic.

Sep 20, 2009 | Linksys WRT160N Wireless Router

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Wireless


The weak signal is due to either physical barriers - walls etc, distance from transmitter (router) or interferance (other netowoks broadcasting) You may be able to improve things by

  1. raising the router up higher
  2. move to a more centeral location in house
  3. changing the supplied antenna for a high gain antenna
  4. placing an "external" antenna on the router EG ensure it physically connects to your router though before buying - check you router manual for the correct connector type. Also some routers donot have detachable antennas
  5. change channel that wireless router operates on
The one that will not connect what OS are you running?

what have you tried so far

Post back and I'll try to assist you further

Jul 05, 2008 | Routers

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Distance from TX to RX possible too great


There are a couple more questions
  1. Is it a removable antenna on the wireless router e.g. 5db or 7db gain. you could just get better antennas to increase signal strength for distance.
  2. E-bay has a linear antenna you assemble with a usb wireless network adapter attached.

Mar 31, 2008 | D-Link AirPlus DI-524 Wireless Router

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Very short range of wireless network


Hi,

Your Belkin Wireless router being an RX/TX device follows the basic rules of radio communication:
1. LOS - line of sight range; anything in between the router and the laptops such as doors, walls, drapes, foliage is an obstacle that reduces the signal strength to a certain degree;
2. Height is might, the higher the router the better;
3. Antenna, the more exposed the further the range. Internal antennas such as in most laptops reduce both receive and transmit. Likewise, placing the router in a shelf or cabinet reduces antenna exposure. How you position (orient the antenna also plays a role in coverage. Some materials will reflect radio signals and change antenna radiation pattern.

A few things you can try to improve coverage:
a. Mount the router to the highest practical position;
b. ensure that there are no obstruction between router and laptop;
c. position router to approximate practical center between two furthest laptops;
d. install an external antenna if the Belkin would allow;
e. Replace the F5D7230-4 with another with more punch such as a LinkSys WRT300N; and/or
f. In really extreme range, install repeaters.

Hope this be of some help/idea. pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Nov 05, 2007 | Belkin (F5D7230-4) Router (587009)

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How to improve on Wireless Range


Wireless and Antenna Terms Wireless routers, access points, and adapters send and receive radio wave signals through antennas. The antenna is hidden inside adapters, but on routers and access points there's a visible antenna. Radio waves can be focussed like a lightbulb. And like a light, some materials reduce or stop radio waves. While light focused from several lights is brighter and makes it easier to see, several antennas in the same area cause interference ? the radio signals will be muddy and confused. Your goals in optimizing power are: * Avoid obstacles. * Avoid interference. * Increase signal strength. Power affects how far an antenna radiates. * Use the equipment in places it's most powerful and most sensitive. Antennas don't radiate equally in every direction. Just as the base of a lightbulb blocks light, and just as a light can be focussed by a reflector, so an antenna signal may be blocked and focused. Since people cannot see radio waves, you'll rely on testing and trial-and-error to get an idea of where antennas "shine" most brightly. An adapter's antenna is important, but the most powerful and sensitive antennas are on routers, access points, and detachable external antennas. The focus of an antenna is either omni-directional antenna or directional. "Omnis" are used in most home products, they radiate horizontally all around, but are weaker upward or downward. When visible, these antennas are usually a rod a few inches long. A directional antenna radiates strongly in a limited direction. It is a flat panel or a dish. These are used for point-to-point transmissions (where two antennas are focused directly at each another). These need a line of sight between them, and preferably a large open space around the main beam. When you are near antennas you'll still get a signal, even if you are out of the direction of its strongest signals. But when further away, you have to be in the direction the beam is the most powerful and unobstructed to receive it. One final concept before you go to the above links is interference. Interference is a signal ? one you don't want ? at the same frequency as the one you're using. Interference comes from devices such as microwave ovens, cell phones, 2.4 GHz cordless phones, and copy machines. Interference is also caused when your own wireless signals are bounced off reflecting objects. Objects may partly or completely absorb signals, reflect them, bend them, or let them pass right through. Metal and water (including the water in people!) absorb or reflect signals. Air, wood, and glass tend to let signals pass with weakening. And when outdoors, plants and the weather may cause interference.

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