Low signal strength on Belkin F5D 8233-4v3 wireless N router
I bought a Belkin F5D8233-4v3 wireliess N router to replace my old Linksys wireless B router. I was especting a better reception from the N router. However, to my disappointment the signal strength of this N router is about same as the old rotuer (getting 1 to 2 bars and 11mbps). I place the new router at the same place as the old router (which is on the second floor) and my wireless laptop is on the 3rd floor. I had call the support staffs in Belkin and even updated the firmware but all this did not help. The reason why I bought this router is because I read many good report regarding this router. Anyone can help? Thanks.
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Instead of removing the antenna from the router you can buy a cheap working second hand router in market (better buy a second hand belkin router, because belkin provides free lifetime phone support also free lifetime hardware support for certain routers whose model numbers starts with F5D or F6D....Dont buy any belkin routers with model number that starts with F7D)
Now configure the second router as an ACCESS POINT (you can call 18002235546 to get help to change to an access point) run a long ethernet cable from dlink router to the second router (belkin)... you can place the belkin router anywhere where the cable can reach... The belkin router will broadcast the signal and you will get better signal strength...
The speed of the wireless connection can be affected by -
1. The signal strength
2. Clashes with other wireless routers in your area broadcasting on the same channel
3. Electrical interference with the wireless signal
4. WEP & WPA Encryption of the wireless signal to prevent unauthorized access does slow the data transfer a bit.
That is why you are getting better performance using the LAN cable.
How is the signal strength? Check and make sure the antennas are not loose. Is your house the old style concrete? Sometimes thick block or concrete walls are tough for the wireless signal to get through. They do make larger antennas or signal boosters for wireless routers. You may need to install one of these to boost signal strength. Also is it wireless B,G,or N? Wireless B has a very weak signal while wireless N has a very strong signal. Sometimes the router settings can be changed to adjust the signal strength and may be set too low also.
do check the signal strength of the wireless connection..you can improve signal by removing any big objects between the compu and the router/access point and/or re positioning the router.also intervening walls will affect signal..the fact that you are getting a linksys signal impilies that your home network signal is weak..hope it helps!
With speeds around 10 mb to the router over wireless you may want to consider checking if AUTO chanel is enabled or available on that model If so then enable it.
Also consider moving the router if there are any other wireless devices nearby eg. cordless phone.
It may also be the the windows "zero wireless configuration" service is finding too many other wireless signals nearby that may be stronger than your own
If that is the case you may want to disable the service and set it to manual. Better still if you have a utility on the laptop (most have) then try set that to control the wireless setting instead of windows.
One of those last two items should help you maintain a better connection but only holds true if you have a reasonable connection to the router to start with.
You might also consider a cheaper wireless repeater to enable you to get better speeds