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You may need to reboot your wireless router. Otherwise it may not be configured properly

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Low wireless signal on HP slimline Pavillian s3000y desk top pc with Lite-on USB wireless LAN card


Things That Affect Wireless Router Signals
1. Many wireless routers are using the same wirelesschannel. Many manufacturers choose channel 6 as the default. Change to anotherchannel.2. Analogue video senders used to send audio and video toother TVs in the home.3. Microwave ovens emit interference in the 2.4GHz band.4. Wireless speakers and console controllers can causeinterference with the wireless router.5. Bluetooth devices, newer Bluetooth devices can jump todifferent frequencies if there is a connection problem.6. Power cables located near the wireless router can causedropouts and speed reduction.7. Fish tanks will cause massive Wi-Fi shadow on the otherside of the tank from the wireless router. 8. Depending upon the location of large mirrors will reflectwireless signal away your computer.9. Building materials will block wireless signals such asplasterboards with metal foil, reinforced concrete walls and floors. Alsoobjects near the wireless router such as metal filing cabinets and otherelectrical appliances. 10. Blinking Christmas lights can reduce Wi-Fi performanceby 25% when it is close to the wireless router.

Jul 01, 2012 | HP Computers & Internet

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Boost wi-fi signals!!!


It is true that a direct cabled connection is probably faster, but that doesn't mean you can't get great Internet connection speeds from a WiFi connection. WiFi is a signal, so it's simply a matter of boosting that signal to extend as far as you need it to, and doing it in a way so you'll still get the same amount of power. There are ways to extend your WiFi signal, and most of them won't cost a penny. Here are my ten ways to boost your wifi signal:
  1. Position The Router - Yes, where you place your router does matter. If your wireless desktop or laptop is in another room, the signal has to go through walls and other interference before it reaches you. You can change the positioning and give everyone equal access. For example, in an open office room setting, instead of placing the router in a corner, try putting it in the middle of the room. It might give better coverage to the entire office. The signal should extend out more evenly. If you're looking for optimal wireless coverage in various parts of your home, position the router in the middle of the house. Moving it up off the floor, to a bookcase or shelf, should also help. If you only have one wireless computer, and it's always in the same place (ie: your office, the kitchen, or the hammock) then it makes more sense to place the router closer to the computer, rather than in the center of the house. But experiment -- I've heard of cases where there was a very weak signal, and the problem was that the router was TOO close to the computer.

  2. Avoid Bad Neighbors - Remember, wifi is a radio signal, so the signals from microwave ovens, cordless phones and even your neighbor's wireless router may interfere. So try to steer clear of those as well.

  3. Extend the Antenna - There are some decent booster antennas out there that you can purchase in addition to your current router to help the signal extend out further. You just plug them directly into the router base and it can give you that boost in the signal that you need. Hawking makes several types of wireless antenna boosters.

  4. Repeaters - This little gizmo just takes in the wireless signal, boosts it up to full strength, and spits it back out again. Place the repeater within range of the router, and near the computer that needs a wireless signal. Linksys and D-link offer wireless repeaters, also called range extenders. If you have an Apple computer, look into the Airport Express as a signal repeater.

  5. Gettin' Geeky - Some DIY geeks have come up with interesting ways to extend or boost your Wi Fi signal. One example is the Pringle Cantenna method. This may seem like a hoax, but the technique appeared in an O'Reilly book titled Building Wireless Community Networks, Nov. 2001. Other techniques, such as the satellite dish using a cellphone are elaborate hoaxes, and I'll admit I fell for this one before a kind reader set me straight.

  6. Upgrade Your Router - If you've owned the same router for several years, it might be good to go pick up a new one if you want to expand your connection. Some of the latest models have a stronger signal. The newer 802.11n routers generally have a stronger broadcast signal, and they'll work even if you have an 802.11B or G adapter in your computer.

  7. Upgrade Your Software - One of the most basic things you can do is to make sure your router software is up to date. To do this, visit the website of the maker of your router, whether it is Linksys, D-Link, or some other brand. Check for your model number and make any updates necessary.

  8. Tweak Your Settings - Your software has special features that you may or may not want. Make sure you read the manual that comes with your router and tweak it to fit your needs. Most modern ones are "just plug it in" though there might be ways to boost signals or to make sure it is sending out signals that are optimized for your computer's wireless adapter. For example, most routers are set to broadcast on channel 6. Try switching the channel to 1 or 11 and see if it makes a difference.

  9. Is Your Wireless Router Secured? - Make sure your neighbor isn't hogging all the juice from YOUR wireless router. Get your network secured only you are using the signal. Tap into your security features and make sure you use secure passwords. See wireless security for help with this.

  10. Find Alternative Firmware - While your router's original software (aka firmware) should be all you need, some routers do not output the signal at the maximum possible strength. You might want to check into alternative firmware, like OpenWRT. But be careful with firmware updates -- if you load the wrong code for your router, you can foul it up with no recourse.

on Jul 20, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Weak signal on pci card


The signal strength for wireless devices depends on a number of factors including:
The distance from the wireless router / access point or gateway.
The objects in the path of the direct line of sight signal, i.e. types and thickness of walls, metal objects such as kitchen appliances etc.
The directional characteristics of the aerial on the router / access point.
The physical position of the router, i.e. is is low down or high up in the room - the best position would normally be at a height which gives the best / clearest footprint for the wireless signal.

Do you have other wireless devices - what is the signal strength like for those when positioned close to the device with the Ralink PCI card?

How many wireless provider devices do you have, i.e. do you just have the one wireless router / access point or have you extended your wireless network using a second router or access point to give greater coverage?

Are there other competing wireless networks close to your own network, if so, you may need to consider setting a different channel than the default channel 11 that many devices use.

Also try to keep your computer wireless devices away from other devices such as wireless telephones, wireless remote controls etc.

Note: the slot used to host the PCI wireless card is unlikely to make any difference as the physical location of the aerial is only minimally changed by a couple of centimetres. Try rotating the computer case so that the aerial is directly facing the wireless router (to remove the case as another cause of weakening the signal being received).

Dec 31, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How come my sony vaio vgc-rb52 desktop goes on but i get no signal


if you are referring to the signal strength of your wireless internet, first try to turn off both devices your laptop and your wireless modem or router. Now if you have a portable usb broadband connection and the signal is showing weak or no signal at all call your internet provider so they can check if they have any server issues.

Sep 10, 2010 | Sony Computers & Internet

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Can't get internet connection to my lap top.ps i have a desk top.


Is your laptop wireless adapter correctly configured? It may be set to only recieve certain types of signals (802.11b, when you may beed 802.11g etc), so check if the configuration of the laptop matches the configuration of the router.

To test if the laptop can get internet at all, try to get to a wired internet line (your wireless router may have some Ethernet ports on the back; laptops usually have Ethernet connectivity), just incase your laptop is set to block all internet signals coming in.

Hope this helps!

Dec 27, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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I have a D-Link DI-624 Wireless Router. My Comcast cable high speed does work but none of the wireless laptops are seeing the network. I've unplugged it etc but it still doesn't come up.


There are a few configuration problems that can cause this. lets start with the basics. I will assume two things for this process.
a- that you will be right next to the router with a wireless laptop/computer so we can rule out transmission interference
b- that the laptop/pc that you use has connected to a wireless network before.

Problem #1
the router is not setup to send a wireless signal.

SOLUTION: run the setup wizard and make sure that the wireless options are turned on. If you would like help with getting into the wizard you can consult your manual and if needed i can find out how for you. Its usually a program that is installed or you can connect to your router through your browser for the configuration interface.

Problem #2
the router is transmitting a wireless signal but not the name of the signal (its called the "SSID")

SOLUTION: the same as above you must get access to the settings and make sure that there is a name in the SSID space and that it is transmitting said name.


just starting with the basics like i said we can work our way up if you still need assistance i will help.

Nov 12, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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I have a HPPavillion laptop with built in wireless. Is there anything I can buy to strenghten my signal to a wireless router.


No , thers nothing to boost the PC unless you go with a wireless N card, BUT, there IS equiptment for boosting the signal from your router and it will depend on which router you have.
Since you didnt post the make and madel of your laptop or router , this is just going to be a general fix.
Go to Yahoo, google, ETC. Search for "xxxxxx wireless signal booster ". xxxxxx being the make of router you are using now.
For example, i searched linksysy and found one for linksys: http://www.bizrate.com/networkingproducts/linksys-wireless-g-range-expander-router-wireless-signal-booster--pid11678449/index__kw--wireless+g+booster__qcid--1402153.html

Oct 13, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Hello my name is james and my mam has just purchesed sky bradband unfortentley the computer is not near the telephone line and we cannot connect the yellow enternet cabel to the machine so mam bought the...


Buying a wireless router doesn't solve the entire problem. You will have to purchase a wireless adapter for the computer itself. You will have to remove the side panel and install it internally. With this device your computer will be able to communicate with the wireless router and receive internet signals. Once this adapter is installed you will be able to search for your network signal and log into using the security features. Once connected you will be able to surf the net anywhere in the house, providing you have a strong signal coming from your router.

Good Luck

Jun 27, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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AirDash USB stick problems finding the wireless signal from the router


you may need to go into the wireless router and turn the wireless option on,

if you have set up a security key, or one is set up automatically you need to put that key into the software of the Airdash USB stick setup,

good luck
Terry

Mar 31, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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