How To Strengthen A Wireless Signal?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by percy, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. percy

    percy OSNN Senior Addict

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    hi. i just bought a notebook Dell 9100 with Dell 1350 wireless. My wireless base is located on the 2nd floor east side of the house and i have my wireless notebook located at the 1st floor west side, approximately 20-30 feet horizontal distance. my problem is, i have a very low signal (next to none) and when i try to connect to it by walking closer under the base station i get a good signal but walking towards the west side my signal drops. supposedly, i would have a greater coverage than what i am experiencing right now. is there a way to boost your wireless pickup signal aside from going near it? thanks a lot. :eek:
     
  2. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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  3. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    I do believe if you Google for a pringles can and wireless you will come up with quite a few links :p (I kid you not!)
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Pringles can's are useless, they hold nothing but novel value. You're much better off using an can made entirely from metal (for example, some large coffee tins.) or even a normal kitchen sieve. Take a look at this page for information on parabolic mesh dishes: http://www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/
     
  5. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Agreed. I've tried the Pringles can, and it made little to no difference. [​IMG]
     
  6. percy

    percy OSNN Senior Addict

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    cool. :)
     
  7. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    just get a repeater
     
  8. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Repeater's are a waste of money when a simple antenna can be home-made for a fraction of the cost. The antenna may not be as effective, but for most home users, they will suffice, and it's fun to learn ;)
     
  9. why all these coordinates and directions, just say the router is on teh 1st floor and the computer is on the 2nd....
     
  10. Kush

    Kush High On Life!

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  11. lynchknot

    lynchknot Moderator

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    Borrowing from my two way radio days, the higher the antenna the greater the range and stronger signal.
     
  12. dreamworks

    dreamworks --== babyface ==--

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    I'd go for the antenna of the wireless station. Stronger antenna usually provides a stronger signal, tried it with my Linksys unit, no problem up and down 3 floors though : )
     
  13. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger OSNN Addict

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    Because saying that could mean it is 8 feet apart. also if he said that, someone would ask for more information, like the distance. I applaud him for giving enough information. Btw the base is on the second floor and the notebook is on the 1st. :p

    I bought an antenna, because money is not a problem and it looks good.