Boosting a wireless signal..

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by the_niner_nation, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. Hi..I ahve a lyksys wireless router which works great just as long as the
    wireless devices are no more than 15 feet away, but because of walls and
    other structures, I need to find a way of boosting the signal.

    Is there anything I can do to increase the gain or strength of the signal so
    i can get more functionality out of being wireless?
    I use a centrino laptop that works just fine, but anything more than 15 ft
    away from the router cauuses the signal to drop.

    I did try a belkin wireless access point , but belkin say that will onloy
    work with a belkin compatible wireless router.

    Are there any signal boosting devices out there that are available??

    Thanks in advance!!!
    the_niner_nation, Jun 26, 2005
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  2. the_niner_nation

    Gray Ghost Guest

    First suggestion is getting something like Net Stumbler and seeing what
    networks are around in your neighborhood. If there's a large number of
    them on the same channel then simply go in and change the channel of
    your router, this might help since there won't be the interference from
    other networks.

    Additionally, once you've done this you might consider something like
    Sveasoft's alternate firmware which allows you to modify the power
    settings of the Linksys WRT54G (I'm guessing this is what you have even
    though you apparently don't know how to spell Linksys...).

    Last but not least you can get a range expander made by D-Link or
    Hawking Technology -- I would suggest against the Linksys Range Expander
    since it's proprietary and cannot be used with any other wireless access

    Gray Ghost, Jun 26, 2005
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  3. the_niner_nation

    pcbutts1 Guest

    pcbutts1, Jun 26, 2005
  4. the_niner_nation

    why? Guest

    Besides the other advice about channels, you should be able to find on many aerial projects.

    I think it was this months UK, Custom PC that had a small project to
    (tru in case it's online) build a reflector
    plate for a wireless router. It was a (approx) hand sized metal mesh
    sheet curved over a small former to make the arc shape and it simply
    slid over the aerial.
    you will find things like

    and in less than 10 seconds
    just what I described above.

    See how easy Google cam be.

    why?, Jun 26, 2005
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