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The D-Link wireless router doesn't give a strong signal to computers farther away in the house. What should we try?

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All you can do is buy a signal booster /extender or put the wireless router in a higher or more central position.

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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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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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Hp internet problem


You may need to look at your router and wireless gadgets, instead of your computer. Is your router high up in the room and giving a strong signal to the computer? If not, get a bridge to repeat the signal. Do you have a cordless phone or other device that is causing interference? Is someone borrowing your router signal in a way that causes your signal issues (what encryption do you have enabled)?. Some routers just lose their connection and need to be rebooted regularly.In some cases, the easiest solution is just to go to a wired network and not deal with the problem at all.

Cindy Wells
(my client with a laptop that never moved was significantly happier on the wired network.)

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No internet access


  • power cycle the modem and router
  • bypassed router
  • called the router provider for router configuration
  • use window zero configuration
  • makes sure you are with strong signal and within 50 meters raiduis of router.

May 03, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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I have a usb100 wireless adapter on 2.4 frew my cellphone are on


Hi!

This is a classic interference problem for wireless routers and adapters (specially if both your phone, wireless router and adapters are on the same frequency - say 2.4Ghz).

What we can try first is to change the channel on your wireless router. If you can specify the model/brand of your router I will be able to give you the specific steps in changing the wireless channel.

Second solution would be to move the wireless router and the base station of your cordless phone away from each other.

Third solution would be to replace the cordless phone with a unit that uses a different frequency (say a 5Ghz phone).

Regarding your USB wireless adapter, well it's just a receiver of a signal and there is nothing we can change on that device to resolve the problem. This is a problem between your wireless router and your cordless phone.

I hope that helps.

Good luck and have a nice day!

Nov 26, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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I've got a Linsys Wireless G 2.4, 54 Mbps, model WRT54G. I live a a house where other houses a a fair distance away. The strongest signal from a lynksys now shows it as secure whreas before it was...


Factory reset the router using the small reset whole on the back then go into your browser, type into the address bar 192.168.1.1 and user name and password box will show up, from memeory leave the username blank and the default password will be admin, enter your connection settings - away you go.

manual here if it is one of the blue routers, there is a newer silver model: http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheadername1=Content-Type&blobheadername2=Content-Disposition&blobheadervalue1=application%2Fpdf&blobheadervalue2=inline%3B+filename%3DWRT54G_UG_WEB_20070529.pdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1193775701174&ssbinary=true&lid=0703200349B05

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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

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When we use the wireless house phone all comps using wireless internet loose connection from the router


Sometimes there is jamming in the wireless signals...try keeping the router away from the wireless phone (not the reciever - the main part).

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