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    Alright, so here's my dilemma. I just recently moved back to my parents house and set up a wireless network. The router that I used is a D-link Dir-655 and is set up in the office at the far left corner of the house. My room is roughly around 65 feet away from the router and I am using the D-link DWA-556 PICe card. The problem that I seem to be having is that the connection is very poor. I get roughly around 1 to 2 bars of signal, and most of the time I lose connection for long periods of time. My step father has a laptop that uses the G series of connections and I can get around 4 bars on average with it in my room. So I went ahead and traded out the N series card for a G series with range booster (thinking that I just might be the N series) and I got even less of a signal. My Wii picks up 2 out of 3 bars, and the Wii also uses the G series connection.

    I was looking at getting the D-Link ANT24-0230 to try and see if I could get better signal, but upon doing some research this product is supposed to just allow you to move you antennas around other than behind your computer. The reviews on Newegg were pretty positive which is why im confused.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833996013

    Or maybe you guys might know of actual signal boosters. So if any of you guys knows whats going on or has a solution, please point me in the right direction of what I can do?

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    Hi!

    Well i dont know any signal boosters but i have couple of tips you can try:

    1. First of all ensure that router lower than your PC. Antennas on the router are spreading the signal and it always goes upwards ( rather obvious but needs to be mentioned)

    2. Try to move antennas around - even though routers are broadcatsing the signal omnidirectionally it is worth a try.

    3. Ensure (if possible of course) there isnt any electrical device in straight line between pc and router to minimise EM interference

    4. If G laptop was working better try to change settings on the router to broadcast only in G&B mode, I've seen plenty of examples where it actuallly did the job. While we're talking about settings also try to change security encryption on it - If youre using WPA 2 try it on WPA-PSk or even WEP

    5. try different channels - each router has such option, try ones betweem 1 and 11 but dont go over it as frequencies above eleven fall under military and police and they wont work

    6. last thing you may try to do is bit DIY but did the job for many people - you may try to do directional antennas on your router. Simply split can in half and put it behind antennas facing towards your PC. It will bounce signal in direction you want it to go and therefore signal will be stronger.


    I hope some of those will help you out on your issue

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    ok well, at the moment I can do any tests because I am waiting for my PCIe card to come in. As I had mentioned before I had exchanged the N series for the G series. I went to exchange it back to the N series but the store was out of the card that I had previously. So I'll have to wait till Thurs to do any more tests.

    @Geralt:
    1. My router is about 2 feet above my computer. I didnt think that it would effect it that much.
    2. I actually found a position for the antennas to where there is around a 5 to 10 percent signal increase.
    3. The only electrical device that is in the direct line is a microwave, but that shouldn't effect it unless it is on right?
    4. I had it on G/N but ill try it on B/G if the new card has the same issue, and i have my settings on WPA-PSK.
    5. I've tried channels 1 -7 and 7 seems to give the best signal.
    6. If all else fails, looks like ill be cuttin some cans.

    @smduff & 4hams:
    I'm not sure if this will work with an N series card, and the last thing I want to do is buy something that wont even work with what I have, especially since I just recently became unemployed. :confused:

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    Not sure what effect it might have on the other people using but you should consider moving your router...a meter or two in any direction can make some difference...also the difference in height may be overcome by making the antennas horizontal (with the ends of each the same distance from your far room if you see what I mean)

    Beyond that there are those over the mains socket extenders or something like ... http://www.instructables.com/id/WIFI-Antenna-Hack!/ EDIT: this is probably for wireless G though so you might need to search some more
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    ok so I finally got the wireless set up. I ended up having to buy an antenna extender. I got the D-link ANT24-0230. Everything seems to be working fine now. gettin better and consistent signal. Weird thing is that i had the adaptor first installed on a pc with XP, and it maintained a signal the entire time, but constantly lost internet connection. So I installed it on my pc which is running win 7, and everything is great now. thanks for all the input guys.

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    Glad to here you got it sorted out!

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