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wireless networking headache

Discussion in 'Networking & NAS' started by adieboy, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. adieboy

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    Hi Guys,
    I've just installed a wireless "G" router and pci card (Belkin), in order to connect my HCPC to my network. What a disappointment- the range is pathetic- I'm failing to get a good signal, though the direct distance between the machines is less than 30ft- through 1 single-skinned brick wall.
    What are others experiences and what sollutions can youo recommend?
    The router, card and cables cost me £100, so I'm very keen to find a solution.

    Cheers Adie
     
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    The Netgear WPN824 has the best range of all the routers I've tried recently...
     
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    I get decent signal on the other side of the house with a Netgear router.

    Have you tried changing the channel (you might be getting interference from someone else's Wireless LAN) ??

    Do you have a cordless phone ?? Most DECT phones use the same frequency as the router so try turning them off to see.

    Also I take it your HTPC rig is near your TV ?? If so try just moving it away slightly to see if anything there is interfering with the sigal.
     
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    Jameson,
    I've tried all channels, unplugged the phone (took the batterys out of the handset) and I can't separate the telly from the PC, as they are one and the same thing- a tuner card running a front projection system.
    I've tried moving things about a bit but it's not practical to radically re-organize the layout of the room.
    How about external antenna, or new-fangled tech - Pre-N or whatever? Anyone?
     
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    Buy the Netgear WPN824...
     
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    Hi...

    I've used the Belkin Pre-N gear and it utterly kicks the backside of *ANY* brand of 'G', 'B', or 'A' for that matter...

    Most brands are now doing Pre N stuff... and so far it seems to be up to the hype... higher speeds... better range... more reliability...

    HTH...

    Mark.
     
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    Don't think just buying another router is really an option.

    I understand it is a pain to move your PC but I was more thinking about you seeing if you move it whether signal strength improve (not moving it permanently). I know if I move my HTPC rig from under the TV to about 1m away, signal strength goes up to 85-90% and I get speeds of 46Mbps. Under the TV I get 75-85% and speed of 36Mbps ish.

    I have thought about another arial as they do seem reasonably cheap and I would have througt would do some good.

    Have you tried playing about with the router ?? I am assuming that this is near your PC and perhaps moving it away a little might help. (also play with the arial orientation. I have mine pointing straight up and I know a small 10 degree difference can make a large difference in signal strength.
     
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