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Windows 7: Improving internet connection

16 Jan 2010   #1
trbewick

 
 
Improving internet connection

Hello again, Sevenforums.
I'd like to improve my wireless internet connection on my desktop. I've got a PCI wireless card installed, but it's kinda old. Plus I'm pretty far from my router.

Would getting a new or better wireless PCI card improve my internet connection? My laptop is often times further away from the router than my desktop is and it still gets around 4/5 bars (whereas my desktop gets 1 or 2/5 bars).
Moving my router is not an option. My dad won't let me (mind you, I'm 16).


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16 Jan 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trbewick View Post
Hello again, Sevenforums.
I'd like to improve my wireless internet connection on my desktop. I've got a PCI wireless card installed, but it's kinda old. Plus I'm pretty far from my router.

Would getting a new or better wireless PCI card improve my internet connection? My laptop is often times further away from the router than my desktop is and it still gets around 4/5 bars (whereas my desktop gets 1 or 2/5 bars).
Moving my router is not an option. My dad won't let me (mind you, I'm 16).

Hi and welcome

If your current card is 802.11 A,B, or G getting an "N" card will imporve the reliablility and be faster as well.


Ken J+
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16 Jan 2010   #3
trbewick

 
 

Quote:
Hi and welcome

If your current card is 802.11 A,B, or G getting an "N" card will imporve the reliablility and be faster as well.


Ken J+
Well, I've got a G card. I think I'll upgrade soon, thanks
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16 Jan 2010   #4
surfasb

Windows 7
 
 

How fast is your Internet Connection. It is likely that even your G card will be more than enough bandwidth for your internet connection.

For example, my Internet connection is 7Mbps. Wireless G has a throughput of 54Mbps....
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17 Jan 2010   #5
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trbewick View Post
Hello again, Sevenforums.
I'd like to improve my wireless internet connection on my desktop. I've got a PCI wireless card installed, but it's kinda old. Plus I'm pretty far from my router.

Would getting a new or better wireless PCI card improve my internet connection? My laptop is often times further away from the router than my desktop is and it still gets around 4/5 bars (whereas my desktop gets 1 or 2/5 bars).
Moving my router is not an option. My dad won't let me (mind you, I'm 16).

Hi and welcome

If your current card is 802.11 A,B, or G getting an "N" card will imporve the reliablility and be faster as well.


Ken J+
I'm always learning here myself; will that 'improvement' be dependent on an N-approved router? Thanks .
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17 Jan 2010   #6
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

yes manhunter it will be, also be aware of the flavour of the router single (2.4ghz) or dual band (2.4ghz & 5.0ghz) the latter is the best as it allows selective streaming with faster throughput of approx 270-300mbs
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17 Jan 2010   #7
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
yes manhunter it will be, also be aware of the flavour of the router single (2.4ghz) or dual band (2.4ghz & 5.0ghz) the latter is the best as it allows selective streaming with faster throughput of approx 270-300mbs
thanks peb, very kind
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17 Jan 2010   #8
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
yes manhunter it will be, also be aware of the flavour of the router single (2.4ghz) or dual band (2.4ghz & 5.0ghz) the latter is the best as it allows selective streaming with faster throughput of approx 270-300mbs
thanks peb, very kind
no thanks needed , i was only adding to zigzag3143's excellent statement
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17 Jan 2010   #9
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trbewick View Post
Hello again, Sevenforums.
I'd like to improve my wireless internet connection on my desktop. I've got a PCI wireless card installed, but it's kinda old. Plus I'm pretty far from my router.

Would getting a new or better wireless PCI card improve my internet connection? My laptop is often times further away from the router than my desktop is and it still gets around 4/5 bars (whereas my desktop gets 1 or 2/5 bars).
Moving my router is not an option. My dad won't let me (mind you, I'm 16).
Go get high sensitivity antenna, it'll fix your problem... OR if you want to go to a little bit further, get a high sensitivity antenna, and an extension cable that goes like this:

Wifi card -> extension cable -> high sensitivity antena

Then put the antenna where it can "see" your router.
That should improve your wifi performance.

zzz2496
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