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Windows 7: 3 bars - 5 bars always changing?

11 Jan 2011   #1
ZenixNet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
3 bars - 5 bars always changing?

One second I have 3 bars, than 5, then 4, then 3 and my MPS changes so much too, any ideas why? Wile typing this I saw my bars go from 3 to 4 to 5 to 4 back to 5.


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11 Jan 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

It changes because it is wireless. It will never be steady since so much more chance the singal will hit something in the air.
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11 Jan 2011   #3
ZenixNet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
It changes because it is wireless. It will never be steady since so much more chance the singal will hit something in the air.
It seemes to be a lot more steady on other computers and in the past. Ive never had it change so rapidly and so much in such a short time.
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12 Jan 2011   #4
Holy Moses

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit///Vista Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Have you updated the Wifi driver. Helpled me with same issue recently.

I have a strong N wireless setup but I was getting signal strength fluctuations on one of my laptops, as severe as from 5 bars to 1 bar. Now I get a solid 5 bars nearly all the time.

Maybe this would help if you have not tried so yet.
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12 Jan 2011   #5
ZenixNet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion, but I already have the newest driver.
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12 Jan 2011   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

If the channel is in use by your neighbors then the signal strength will change accordingly.

Even if you are using a channel close to one of your neighbors it will have an effect on signal strength and download speeds because the channels overlap each other by about 4-5 channels and there is only so much bandwidth available. It sometimes pays to look for a channel that is at least 5 channels away from any of your neighbors.

Use this to check for which channels are in use in your area.

http://www.xirrus.com/library/wifitools.php
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12 Jan 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just to make sure, I assume you did a password protect on the router so that other people cannot hitchhike on it.
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12 Jan 2011   #8
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

If you need a little more "power" Add some directional characteristic with a home made Yagi Antenna in a Pringles can As funny as it sounds...those things really work !

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Or even this "Booster" made from a Kitchen utensil


-DG


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12 Jan 2011   #9
SixStringJammin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I get that sometimes - it doesn't fluctuate as much as yours, it's more day to day, whereas my nephew's system, using exactly the same wireless adapter has a solid five bar connection pretty much all the time.
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13 Jan 2011   #10
ZenixNet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

There are no other Wifi networks around me, so that's not the problem.
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