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Windows 7: Wifi Signal Not Strong Enough- Router or Laptop Problem?


02 Mar 2013   #1

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Wifi Signal Not Strong Enough- Router or Laptop Problem?

I use road runner cable internet from time warner. I have a linksys wrt54g wireless router that was purchased many years ago. In our apartment, we have 3 computers. One is a desktop. The other 2 is laptops. One of the laptops we use is in a room very far from my room where the router and desktop computer is located at. The connection for the wireless is pretty bad so you have to go to the living room right next to it to get a better connection.


At first i thought i fixed this problem by upgrading the firmware as i have never did this before ever. I upgraded it to firmware version 4.21.5 for the linksys router. At first it seemed like the signal got better from that room but now its as bad as it was before.


My question is what could be the problem? I put my router on top of my desktop computer so it wouldn't be on the table where so many things could block it. Thus its at the highest point i could put the router in my room.


So i tried something different. Well i then brang my laptop to that room and went on the same site as the other computer and went to load the same streaming videos. My laptop however... the connection was faster than the other laptop in that room which is far away from where the desktop/router is at. Basically you can't even stream a video in that room most of the time but my laptop could.


Does that mean that my router isn't the problem since the wireless signal works fine for my laptop there whereas the inspiron 15r goes much slower? My laptop that works fine for wireless is an asus laptop.

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02 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Someone suggested to take the router out of my room and bring it to the living room so it would be closer to that laptop. I was going to do this but i cannot b/c there is a wire that connects from my cable modem to this other thing. I'm not sure what its called but basically it is connected to these wires on the top in my hallway. Does anyone know what that is called?

Someone suggested i could buy a usb wireless adapter like this

Amazon.com: Medialink- 150Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter - 802.11n, 2.4ghz, Windows 2000 / 2003 / XP 32-Bit and 64-Bit / Vista 32-Bit and 64-Bit / Windows 7 32-Bit and 64-Bit Compatible: Electronics


Does that mean plugging this into that computer possibly could make the connection stronger in that room? I'm thinking that the reason has to be because that laptops wireless card isn't strong like mine which is why? But would buying this solve the problem?



Someone said buy another router because my router is very old and to get an N router. Should i do this instead? The thing is i'm thinking its not the router fault as my wireless is fine with my laptop in that room. thoughts on this? And if i should do this, can someone recommend me a wireless router that has good range? There are soo many routers on amazon.com with good/bad reviews and it seems like the good reviews they have, there are tons of bad ones as well.


Someone said my other option would be to buy some wireless extender. I checked amazon but aren't these basically wireless router with an extender?
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02 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi Credible01

Your Dell Inspiron 15r laptop has a wireless N card connected to a wireless-G router . The laptop will only go the speed and distance of a wireless-G router . If you go closer to the router the speed would be better and have a better connection . You will see a change if you purchase a wireless-N router .
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02 Mar 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Would like someone to give me their best plan of action on this. I obviously would rather bring my wireless router outside to living room but i can't do this due to the wire that is from my cable modem connects to this wire in my hallway that is very close to each other.


Someone told me based on my description on this... that means the cable modem will have to stay in my room no matter what right? Someone said well you could buy a very long ethernet cable that connects from your cable modem and linksys router so you could have the router in the living room but if i do this.... that wire will extend all the way from my room all the way to the living room and I don't think i can do this b/c that wire will have to go right outside my room and through the hallway and then all the way to the living room... how can i do this unless its like all the way at the top so it won't block the floor? I'm not sure how to explain this but i think you guys know what i mean here?
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02 Mar 2013   #5

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Vistaking, then why is it my Asus u45jc laptop goes fine in that room then?
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03 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Your Asus laptop has a much better wireless card compared to the Dell . You could get an extender but then again the extender will only go the speed of the router . Have you tried upgrading the driver for the Dell Laptop ?
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03 Mar 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

How do i do that vistaking?
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04 Mar 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I also want to mention another thing. A few months ago i had to return my RCA cable box back to time warner cable b/c they do a monthly rental fee so i had to buy a cable box.


I purchased a Motorola Surfboard SB5101 Cable Modem on amazon but purchased it used. It works fine for my internet. My question is however... is there a chance this modem could slow the wireless internet? I just thought about this right now but i assume that has no effect on wireless internet connection right?
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04 Mar 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Click on the download button

download
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04 Mar 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi, the download does not work when i click on it from my laptop. It however works on my desktop. Do you know why ?
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