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I have a netgear router and when i sit within 4 feet of the router it works fine but if i take laptop in kitchen it disconnects I have spent almost 3 solid days on phone to Aol to no avail.
Any suggestion would be appreciated

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  • sarah36 Feb 17, 2008

    The connection used to be fine then it just went stupid on me and started acting fool when i am sat right next to the router I only get between 1-18mbps but it does work fine when connected via ethernet.

    I was told to buy a max range router but I dont want to waste money on something that may not do the job.

    Is they any reason why the signal strength just drops 1 day never to return ??.

    Could their be a fault with the router wireless part of it ?????? as I have tried a re boot plus I have put the router everywhere from a 6 foot shelf to on floor and still no change.

    I want to also say a big thank for your reply as its really frustrating me now as I cant work out what it could be

  • sarah36 Feb 18, 2008

    I will try this as my next door as sky and I can pick that up so i will go through channels and try that as I am actually on channel 11.

    Could next door be on channel 11 as well and they are clashing????.

    That could be a definite solution as my netgear is sending signal towards the adjoining wall to next doors house.

    Will try and get back to you when different channels have been found many thanks for your help its appreciated

  • sarah36 Feb 18, 2008

    I have tried changing channels and still no joy also I have read the link.

    I am considering putting my net gear on channel 6 as I can only assume it could be 1 of 2 things and 1 of them is my next door as her router on channel 1 or 11 so if I have 6 that should be 5 between them as stated on the site or 2nd option is the router as a wireless problem.

    Guess if the channel 6 dont work a new router is the only alternative.

    Thank you for all your help much appreciated

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You did not mention if this is a wireless or wired connection. I will assume wireless for now. Since you are 4 feet away, you cant get any better reception than that.

When you go into the kitchen, you can have several things interfere with the radio signal. First is distance, how far away from the router are you? Second, what does the signal have to travel through to reach your laptop. What kind of walls, what is in those walls that can interfere with the signals. Do you have a lot of metal in your kitchen, that can act as a signal shield, preventing the signal from reaching your laptop. The high voltage wires in your kitchen walls can not be good for the signal.

What items in your kitchen can cause Electromagnetic interference (EMI). The motors in a refrigerator, or a blender will cause EMI.

Look at your laptop, it should tell you the signal strength. You will have to bring up the software that monitors your wireless connection. See how far you get from the router before to drops off.

If the router is not on the same level as your laptop, this will cause problems. Is your router in the basement or upstairs in a den or something like that?

Posted on Feb 17, 2008

  • Nathan Galloway Feb 17, 2008

    It might be the router, than again, it might be an external force interfering with the signal.

    have you read the netgear article on improving wireless range.
    http://kbserver.netgear.com/kb_web_files...

    Have you tried using a different channel for the wireless signal. There are 11 channels for wireless. When there
    is interference from wireless networks that overlap with one another,
    each network should use one of the non-overlapping channels: 1, 6, or
    11 (1, 7, 13 in Europe).

    Could there be other radio signals interfering with your signal.

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