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Improving wireless connectivity

 
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wdc



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:09 pm    Post subject: Improving wireless connectivity Reply with quote

I would welcome suggestions on how to improve the wireless connectivity between a Dell laptop (Latitude Cpi Model PPL with W98SE OS) and a cable router.

The laptop works well in its present location, in a basement about 20 feet below the router. It connects to the internet without any problem.

But it does not connect to the router when I move it to a new location, about 35 feet away from the router, with a brick wall between them.

FWIW The router is a Belkin Model FSD231-4. The laptop uses a Belkin PCMCIA wireless card, FSD 506020 ver.2. The router and the pcm card are 802.11b.

Is there a relatively painless way I can use the laptop in the new location? Thank you.
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your options are:
Arrow Put a higher gain antenna on the router
Arrow Replace the router with one with better coverage
Arrow Use a repeater to repeat the signal elsewhere in the house

The third option is probably the best. You can buy repeaters that you keep near the edge of the stable wireless network, it takes that signal and "repeats" it at full strength effectively increasing the range.
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wdc



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. I'll look for a repeater.
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