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External Antenna I bought 14dbi/2.4ghz wifi external antenna cuz my HP laptop (EasyNote MX37-T-030) could not access the internet due to the position of my room in my apartment but i'm still having close to the same problem. This time i can receive much of 802.11b and less of 802.11g. The 802.11b even with full signal strength can not open up an internet page. The 802.11g is always coming and going. I can only use the internet fully when i go to the back of my apartment.What exactly can i do to boast the signal. Do i need to get a signal Bridge/Extender or Repeater

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  • Flex4t May 31, 2008

    I`m not using a router but free wifi available in my vicinity. My signal is poor due to the location of my room. But at the back of my apartment i receive clear wifi signal with my external antenna.
    Yes there is a wireless phone in the apartment and the window where i placed the antenna outside my room, there is window metal and thirdly, my walls are bricks.
    What do i do now to have good signal in my room since i`m face with those three problems.
    Thanks very much for your earlier respond.
    This service is superb.


  • Flex4t Jun 09, 2008

    Thanks for the earlier prompt respond. I appreciate.
    As regard your last post, I would gladly wish that you be specific so that i can be able to FIXYA. Ok!  
    Do i have to get an access point that has many operational modes in it an if not wish of the mode is most needed in this case?
    Since i`m using free wifi do i still need to connect the access point to a fixed (house ) phone?
    Where is most convenient to place the access point?



  • Flex4t Jun 11, 2008

    Thanks again for the reply.After this time i guess it will be solved.
    I bought `Conceptronic wireless 54Mpbs Access point´  that supports AP client, Repeating and Bridging since i couldn`t get the DLINK DWL- 2100AP. My problem now is how to configure it. I connected it to my HP laptop and there was no pop-ups to starts the configuration.
    Please how do i configure the access point to my HP Laptop as a repeating. And secondly how to i connect it to start using repeating mode or one of the free wifi signal available.
    Thanks.

  • Flex4t Jun 11, 2008

    I`m using a vista premium HP laptop


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First, try changing the channel your access point (AP) is using. Maybe there is some interference with another AP or with an electronic appliance such as a wireless phone. Try all available channel. While changing your channel number, make sure that the wi-fi power of your access point is set to the maximum available (100%).

Second, make sure that there is as less metal as possible around the AP, for example if the AP is sitting in a metal book case or on a metal shelf.

Third, some appartment buildings, expecially old ones, have very thick walls made of concrete or brick. This is a nightmare for wi-fi. Try bringing the AP to a more central point in your appartment, if possible (I know this may be complicated).

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    Jocelyn Viau May 31, 2008

    Thanks for the precision­. I didn't know that you are using free wi-fi. The biggest problem here is the brick walls, but it is not something you can change easily! I think that your best solution, like you suggested in your first post, would be to install a repeater.



    I suggest you to get an access point that can be configured in many operational modes: access point, repeater, bridge, etc. So that it would still be useful if you move or change to broadband internet. The DLink DWL-2100AP is an example, but there are many other brand/models equivalent to this one on the market.

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    Jocelyn Viau Jun 10, 2008

    The device you need is a repeater. But, like I said, some access point, such as the DLink DWL-2100AP can act as a repeater, an access point or a bridge. So it may also be a good choice because it gives you more flexibility in the future.



    I cannot tell you exactly what to buy since I don't know what is available in your area. The best thing for you would be to go to a computer/electronic store (can also be on the web) and look at the different repeaters and access points with repeater feature, then decide which one would be best for you.



    You will not need to plug the repeater into a phone or network outlet. We may need to plug it to your computer the first time in order to do the initial configuration but that's it. Then, the repeater will have only one wire connected to it: the power.



    You will need to do some tests in order to choose the best location for the repeater. It will need to be in reach of your free wi-fi access and also be able to "push" the signal up to the end of your appartement. Start by placing it where you know there is a signal (where you currently use your laptop) and see if you get a good signal at the back of your appartement. If you do, then you may leave it there. If you don't, bring it closer and closer to the back until you get an acceptable signal.



    There is no magic in this, every home, user and usage is different. The best way to go is "trial and error".

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