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Dell Wireless 2350 BroadBand Router

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 dadtom@msn.com

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  • dadtom Jul 20, 2008

    Is it possible that it is not the aerial on the router, but that the transceiver itself has died? It used to recognize the router, even though the signal strength was weak or marginal. Now it doesn't even recognize it, even though it senses 5 or 6 other routers within range. Is it possible to get a stronger network adapter card than the Dell wireless 1450 USB adapter, so that it could read the other routers within range and raise the signal strength? I am not technical enough to download Netstumbler. I wouldn't even know what channel I'm on, or how to switch channels. Could there be a software glitch that prevents the network adapter card from receiving from my router?

    Thank you dadtom@msn.com

  • dadtom Jul 21, 2008

    I found out what the problem was. I had been resetting the router as people had suggested, but still was getting no reception. Cablevision provided me with the answer. I not only had to reset the router, I had to power off and reset the cable modem as well. The other system with the adapter card now recognizes my router with a good and very good signal strength. Thank you.

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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

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  • Dave Jul 20, 2008

    yes it's possible that the router transmitter has died but you should try and prove it. As long as the wifi card is set up properly it should work. I suspect it is s signal issue based on your description....

  • Dave Jul 21, 2008

    great news.

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