Question about Belkin 802.11b Wireless Notebook Network Card [ F5D6020 Wireless ] (109059)
My router is connected to a Dell Dimension 4500 and I have a Dell Wireless 1450 USB adapter attached to a Dell Dimension 3000. The Dell with the router runs very fast with my Cablevision connection. The computer with the USB adapter always has a very poor internet connection. In fact, it recognizes 4 or 5 routers in the area, all with weak or marginal signals, and doesn't even recognize the Dell router on the computer in the same house. A laptop in the house can also recognize the other routers in the area, but not the nearby one. Do I probably need a new router? Is the Dell 2350 router a poor one? If I need a new router, can I use the Dell 1450 wireless USB adapter with it? Thank you for any suggestions.
Tom Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
You may get some benefit from downloading and installing Netstumbler
This util will allow you to scan the channels and select a chanel with less devices on it. then change the broadcast channel in the wifi router. This may reduce interference in the connection.
Also cordless phones are notorious for interfering with wifi routers so put some distance between the router and the base if you can.
Another option is to get an external antenna for the router to boost signal strength
something like THIS or THIS and place up high on a shelf. Just check your router antenna is the sort that comes off... should unscrew. not all do unfortunately so be careful not to break yours!!
BTW - the router is not a bad unit but it also is not the best around either REVIEW
Posted on Jul 20, 2008
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