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Windows 7: Improve wifi signal range.

21 Aug 2011   #1
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 
Improve wifi signal range.

Hi, am struggling to pick up wifi signals around the house with my Xperia Play. I am looking to improve router signal strength, the router isn't the problem but it is the only way to improve signal. I have done the obvious, moved stuff around (including router), checked cordless phones frequency, am just looking to increase its range but am not sure how as the antennas are internal.


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21 Aug 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prof Kerfuffle View Post
Hi, am struggling to pick up wifi signals around the house with my Xperia Play. I am looking to improve router signal strength, the router isn't the problem but it is the only way to improve signal. I have done the obvious, moved stuff around (including router), checked cordless phones frequency, am just looking to increase its range but am not sure how as the antennas are internal.
What router? 802.11 b,g,n?

If one specific area isnt covered you may be able to increase range by either an "induction" antenna, a repeated or second router, or an "N" router if yours isnt already.
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22 Aug 2011   #3
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prof Kerfuffle View Post
Hi, am struggling to pick up wifi signals around the house with my Xperia Play. I am looking to improve router signal strength, the router isn't the problem but it is the only way to improve signal. I have done the obvious, moved stuff around (including router), checked cordless phones frequency, am just looking to increase its range but am not sure how as the antennas are internal.
What router? 802.11 b,g,n?

If one specific area isnt covered you may be able to increase range by either an "induction" antenna, a repeated or second router, or an "N" router if yours isnt already.
Its a n router but I have tried and no signal improvement, yes improved on computers but not my phone
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22 Aug 2011   #4
brady

 

You can pickup wireless gateways and or access points to daisy chain the signal around the house.
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22 Aug 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

A wireless access point or points if you want more than one should do the trick for you.

Access Points - What Is a Wireless Access Point?

Wireless access point - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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22 Aug 2011   #6
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
A wireless access point's or points if you want more than one should do the trick for you.

Access Points - What Is a Wireless Access Point?

Wireless access point - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sorry am not with you, I can't get another router (WAP) as my line is very unstedy (am not looking to mess with it) am just looking how to improve the signal with the router. (am just saying am not trying to be rude)
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22 Aug 2011   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

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23 Aug 2011   #8
kronckew

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

one way to increase signal is to add a reflector to either the router or device antennas, or both.

a simple aluminum foil & cardboard corner reflector can easily be added to a router antenna (or similar to a usb wifi dongle). worth trying before going down a more elaborate route. point the inside of the corner towards the other device. if the router doesn't have external antennae, you can still make a larger reflector & set the whole router inside the corner. be creative. also google 'wifi antenna reflector' for more ideas.



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