Low signal on wireless DSL upstairs in my home
Keep in mind that a wireless router is a low-power radio station. As such, the same things that can affect any station may cause signal problems.
The biggest influence is location. The materials and construction techniques used in your home may be cutting into the signal strength, so you may need to relocate the router. The best place is somewhere centrally located, so the distance to any wireless computer is roughly the same. Sometimes moving the router just a foot or so can make a big difference.
It's also possible your wireless network is using the same radio channel as another in the vicinity, and interference is causing problems. Most wireless networks in the US and Canada use channels 1, 6 or 11, and channel 6 is a popular default channel for a router. Change your channel setting in the router, and this may help. (Note that the channel setting is in the router and not in your wireless computer. The adapter in the computer automatically switches channels so it can locate and connect to different networks.)
A third (and remote) possibility is that the wireless adapter in your computer isn't working properly. I have seen computers say low signal when they were in the same room as the router, and a new adapter was the cure. Try moving the router and switching channels first, though, as that will likely take care of the trouble.
Jan 18, 2011 |
Belkin (F5D7230-4) Router (587009)