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Windows 7: Need advice

24 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Need advice

First off, I just want to say that I am absolutely a n00b when it comes to networking, but I've had this problem for a while and I just don't know what to do, so I'd like to share this with you guys in hope for some advice.

Okay, so, I have two telephone lines in my house which are handled through an ISDN modem (Intracom, don't know the exact model). A few years back I used it to access the internet, so I know how much it sucks.
Now, I have an ADSL connection from the local telephone company, and I just used to connect the router (Huawei EchoLife HG520i) to the ISDN modem and then simply using a wire to connect the ADSL router to my PC. Never had any problems with the internet at all!!!

Now, here's the problem: Recently I moved to the second floor of the house, and it was a bit complicated to move both the ISDN modem and the ADSL router, so my parents forced me to buy a wireless PCI adapter (TP-LINK TL-WN551G). The ADSL router was configured by a professional, the connection to the router is Secure and protected by password etc. The only "hack" I used on it is port forwarding. But the signal is awful! The connection keeps breaking all the time, the whole process of using the internet is irritating and the speed is literally cut in half! My sister has the exact same problem (we both have the same wireless adapters). What's the problem here? The distance between our PCs and the ADSL router is really small, and I noticed that the connections breaks a lot more in the evenings, on weekends especially (it's almost impossible to use the internet at all during the friggin' weekends) and I don't know what to do. My stepdad promised me that he'll try to move the ISDN modem/ADSL router upstairs, which would make the distance between the PCs and the router just a couple of meters...
But I do not understand how can data sent through the cable work good but not when it's sent through a wireless adapter... Overall, there are 3 PCs connecting to the router with a wireless adapter. Before I moved, both me and my sister were connected through the cable and my moms PC was through wireless. Can it be that the router is "freaking out" by having 3 wireless connections and not even one through a cable?

Sorry for the poor explanation, English is not my primary language.

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24 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86


You can change the router's wireless radio channel that it transmits on and also see that it is set to 100% strength.

You can access the router's config page by clicking here or using this ip address:

unless the person that set it up changed the address (doubtful.)
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24 Nov 2009   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


If I understood you correctly, your router is downstairs. Normal WiFi signal weakens or disappears vertically quite easily. I have a similar setup, I'm mainly using my computers upstairs but my router is downstairs. With a normal WiFi router I always had problems with the signal.

I'm now using N1 router. It allows me not only to connect wireless when at home upstairs, but I can also find my home network when in my favorite pub over 100 meters away (using type N WiFi USB adapter; my laptops own built-in WiFi does not find my home network when far away from the router).

Here are some pics to explain what I mean. Pics from Belkin but all major manufacturers have similar products.

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24 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post

You can change the router's wireless radio channel that it transmits on and also see that it is set to 100% strength.

You can access the router's config page by clicking here or using this ip address:

unless the person that set it up changed the address (doubtful.)
Thanks for the heads up, guys, but the router's default IP address is different... Unless you were talking about something else, sorry, I'm really in the dark here when it comes to networking, but I may just try and see what I can do with the router's configuration.

@Kari: I really don't think that the solution is to just buy new equipment again. All of our PC are desktop computers and besides, there's nothing wrong with the ADSL router at all. It's bad enough that my two PCI slots on the motherboard are sqeezed together so tight. on PCI 1 I have Leadtek's WinFast TV card which packs a lot of heat. Fortunately, I setup my graphics card so that it's own cooling can also influence the TV card, but the wireless adapter is right beneath it on PCI 2. I noticed that my connection to the network breaks a lot more than on my sisters PC...
Anyway, so the first solution would be to try and move both the ISDN modem and the ADSL router upstairs?

The whole problem started because my parents are idiots and, instead of drilling a couple of holes in the walls to run the cables through, they spent money on wireless equipment. I'm going to enjoy making their lives miserable until they do so X)
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