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Windows 7: Decreasing Laptop wireless signal to router


29 Jun 2010   #1

Mac OS X Yosemite
 
 
Decreasing Laptop wireless signal to router

Its going really bad. And the signal i meant is the speed of my wireless network connection from the status. It goes form 54 to 48 to 36, 24,11,5.5,3,2,1. I am getting signal interference from the nearby wireless routers and laptops connected to that. Is there a way i can really stop this annoying problem?
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29 Jun 2010   #2

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

do you have your own router? if so, change the channel it broadcasts on. the channel frequencies overlap a bit, so get as far away by channel number as possible from the others. xirrus has a sidebar gadget that will show all the channels in use in your vicinity. the screenshot attached shows my router at top set on channel 1, with the others in the neighbourhood on 4 and 11, i could have set it to 7 or 8 as well, keeping 2 channel numbers in between me and the others. i didn't as there is a weak one on 7 that shows occasionally.

if you are using a router that you cannot change the channel of, ie. at school or work, there may be an 'advanced' property for your adapter, ie. 'smartscan', or 802.11h that you can change. the examples you attached show a strong signal quality but the speed drops as you note. most systems negotiate the speed down to a level that is acceptable in terms of errors, but they tend not to negotiate back up again & a reboot may be needed. if you are sharing a router, the more active connections, the slower your speed will be as the speed is shared out by dividing it up.


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29 Jun 2010   #3

Mac OS X Yosemite
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kronckew View Post
do you have your own router? if so, change the channel it broadcasts on. the channel frequencies overlap a bit, so get as far away by channel number as possible from the others. xirrus has a sidebar gadget that will show all the channels in use in your vicinity. the screenshot attached shows my router at top set on channel 1, with the others in the neighbourhood on 4 and 11, i could have set it to 7 or 8 as well, keeping 2 channel numbers in between me and the others. i didn't as there is a weak one on 7 that shows occasionally.

if you are using a router that you cannot change the channel of, ie. at school or work, there may be an 'advanced' property for your adapter, ie. 'smartscan', or 802.11h that you can change. the examples you attached show a strong signal quality but the speed drops as you note. most systems negotiate the speed down to a level that is acceptable in terms of errors, but they tend not to negotiate back up again & a reboot may be needed. if you are sharing a router, the more active connections, the slower your speed will be as the speed is shared out by dividing it up.
I have my own router. ITs the Belkin Router N+....i wish i can change the channel if i had the tv remote LOL jk jk
How exactly i can change the channel? Sorry, but this is something new to me.

Oh and i share the router with the desktop downstairs and a ps3. That's it. And i share my laptop connection with the xbox 360. I didn't had this problem before i moved into the apartments. I had a house before this so i rarely get this speed dropped as i get now. 5 times it happend so far in 3 weeks than 3 times in 1 year in the house i was at before i moved here.
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29 Jun 2010   #4

Mac OS X Yosemite
 
 

Nevermind, i changed the channel. There was like only 1 person besides me with the same channel and lots of 2's and 6's and one 11's. I picked 8 because it was away from 6 and 11
Thanks....lets hope my speed don't drop.
[EDIT]-It is still the same, but what i can do is use3 the soda can/alluminum trick to boost wifi
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30 Jun 2010   #5

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

i don't think your problem is the signal strength, it's that all the other routers are so close that their signals are as strong as yours, swamping it.

a directional antenna would help, not by increasing your routers received strength, but by it's directionality allowing you to block out the others.

i use a usb wireless network adapter on a usb extension cable at the focus of a parabolic reflector i made out of a thin piece of screening which i then covered in tin foil. i used a section of packing foam cut to shape to maintain the parabola. (it's only bent in one direction, it's not a dish). anyhow, with it i get a signal in the 80% range, without it is down to about 10% as i am about 50 ft. from the router location with a few walls in between.

a simpler one would be to make a small corner reflector. see this linky. the reflector is put on the router antenna in the linked article, but could also be put on the pc's antenna. rotate till the offending routers are blocked while your signal is best. if that helps, you could make one of the more complex directionals.

hopefully your pc's adapter is also an N+, a std. 802.11G pc adapter would work, but not as effectively. try seeing if the adapter's advanced settings have any parameters you can tweak as i mentioned earlier.


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30 Jun 2010   #6

Mac OS X Yosemite
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kronckew View Post
i don't think your problem is the signal strength, it's that all the other routers are so close that their signals are as strong as yours, swamping it.

a directional antenna would help, not by increasing your routers received strength, but by it's directionality allowing you to block out the others.

i use a usb wireless network adapter on a usb extension cable at the focus of a parabolic reflector i made out of a thin piece of screening which i then covered in tin foil. i used a section of packing foam cut to shape to maintain the parabola. (it's only bent in one direction, it's not a dish). anyhow, with it i get a signal in the 80% range, without it is down to about 10% as i am about 50 ft. from the router location with a few walls in between.

a simpler one would be to make a small corner reflector. see this linky. the reflector is put on the router antenna in the linked article, but could also be put on the pc's antenna. rotate till the offending routers are blocked while your signal is best. if that helps, you could make one of the more complex directionals.

hopefully your pc's adapter is also an N+, a std. 802.11G pc adapter would work, but not as effectively. try seeing if the adapter's advanced settings have any parameters you can tweak as i mentioned earlier.

Yeah, my laptop has a wireless N+ network (which makes it better than a average netbook/notebook.
Also with the boost, check out my connection. Usually i would get about 10-40 million in recieved but not i got over 200mil
And this was taken while sharing connection with my xbox 360

Also in the pix you uploaded, if i have my settings checked exactly like yours, would it make an improvement?


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01 Jul 2010   #7

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

well, if you are not on a lan, for internet you only need tcp/ip & can untick everything but tcp/ipv4 (and a firewall driver if present). which if any of the ones there you may need for the xbox i do not know, not having one myself.

try it, you can always re-tick them till it works again to find which one(s) are needed.

ipv6 is at present used by Windows 7 homegroups but may in future be needed for the internet, the others are needed if you have your own network with multiple pc's, but windows networking/file and print sharing are very 'chatty' protocols forever talking to other lan members, router, etc. and taking up some of your bandwidth. even if you do NOT have any other pc's yours is continually looking to see if you do, and announcing itself and all your shares to the rest of your world (but not thru the router to the internet). again,, you may or may not need these for the xbox. if it appears in your network neighbourhood as a named device/drive, you probably will need all the boxes, if it is controlled thru a browser interface or an application, you might not need all of them.

experiment. it's half the fun.
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