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Windows 7: Wireless woes

27 Jan 2020   #1
Aardvarkly

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Wireless woes

Desktop running W7 x64. The wifi router is in another room. The little wifi strength indicator (bottom right) of the screen has been showing less and less over the last few months. Never more than two bars out of five but usually only one. Often so slow the internet connection cuts out completely. I have tried updating the driver for the Atheros AR9485 wireless network adapter but there is no improvement. This is an onboard wifi on the Asus P8Z77-V motherboard. I was wondering if I buy a seperate wifi card and plug it in will that help? Please don't tell me to simply move the PC closer to the router. I know that distance can be a factor but this machine has always been fine at the same distance. I have just finished a new-build and it is sitting right next to the old PC and it shows 5 bars at the same distance from the router.

Any thoughts?
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27 Jan 2020   #2
oscer1

 

Hi it could be just the age of the adapter I would try another one.
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27 Jan 2020   #3
Aardvarkly

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I was wondering about that.
As it is an onboard adapter will the board accept a plug in and allow it to take over the duties, much like a graphics card can over ride an onboard system?
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27 Jan 2020   #4
oscer1

 

You can disable the onboard one in device manager
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27 Jan 2020   #5
Aardvarkly

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thankyou for the info.
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27 Jan 2020   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

It can be that you have another router nearby using same channel.
Download and run (doesn't need to be installed) WifiInfoView v2.60
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27 Jan 2020   #7
Aardvarkly

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I understand how that might work. But there is no other router within about 500 metres of here. I'm in rural France. And anyway, the new PC is on the same desk as the old one and it is showing 5 bars of wifi signal strength.
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27 Jan 2020   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

All WiFi device has an antenna.
An omni-directional antenna comes with the Wi-Fi GO! card to maximize your wireless coverage.
Have you checked if it is attached?
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27 Jan 2020   #9
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I had a laptop with the WiFi adapter hardly ever working. Removing then reseating it restored full functionality.
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27 Jan 2020   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Bree, it's a desktop (P8Z77-V MB) that has a WiFi card and an external omni-directional antenna. I would say it's not attached.
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