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How to get a better wifi signal?

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by johnny89, Jul 6, 2008.

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  1. johnny89

    johnny89 Notebook Evangelist

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    Anyone have any ideas on how to? I live on campus and sometimes in my dorm the signal drops down to 3 to 2 bars. So I was wondering are there any ways to stop that?

    If it helps I have a broadcom 4321AG 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n WIFI Adapter in a HP laptop. thanks
     
  2. Wirelessman

    Wirelessman Monkeymod

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    Get yourself a hawking technology device, they can boost your signal up to the skies :D
     
  3. Bog

    Bog Losing it...

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    Icaru506 Notebook Consultant

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    When this happens, do you experience any problems ?
     
  5. Wirelessman

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    That's true, we call that a reflector, but you will change the antenna pattern perhaps for your own benefit but you will punish the other student using the same router. I'm assuming this is the situation at campus, a router for a floor or two, or even for the whole building.
     
  6. johnny89

    johnny89 Notebook Evangelist

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    Not really but on occasion I lose the connection completely.
     
  7. Arki

    Arki Super Moderator

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    You can try disabling the power saving feature on your wireless adapter, but this may cost several minutes of battery life.
     
  8. pixelot

    pixelot Notebook Acolyte

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    <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LY8Wi7XRXCA&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/LY8Wi7XRXCA&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

    I'm serious. :twitcy:
     
  9. johnny89

    johnny89 Notebook Evangelist

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    hahaha wtf does that actually work or is it a spoof?
     
  10. Wirelessman

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    Not even my dog believes in it :nah:
     
  11. Crimson Roses

    Crimson Roses Notebook Evangelist

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    A friend of mind carries a mirror around with him and sets his laptop on top of it.:eek: He swears by it, though I've never had occasion to try for myself.
     
  12. Wirelessman

    Wirelessman Monkeymod

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    You need to borrow his mirror :D
     
  13. knightingmagic

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    Get some ridiculously directional antenna like this one.
     
  14. blue68f100

    blue68f100 Notebook Virtuoso

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    That one is to low of gain he needs something like this so it will not pick up interference from other devices.
     
  15. Wirelessman

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    This antenna will help only if the interference is coming from other (out of the 60 degree beam width) direction than the router, but if the interference is coming from within the 60 degree beam width from of the router's antenna direction, it won't help.
     
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    I use a Wi-Fire to boost my signal. I can connect at incredible distances with the wi-fire compared to my internal card. I never have dropped connections and it won't interfere with anyone else trying to use the router. It's a network adapter that plugs right into my USB port. So if you can spare a USB port it's totally worth it.

    Check it out at www.hfield.com
     
  17. Wirelessman

    Wirelessman Monkeymod

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    I saw the web site, it looks a little bulky though.
     
  18. A#1

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    you could invest in a decent WAP capible of 'Client' mode...hooks up to your LAN connection on your PC...acts as a wireless bridge...can't say enough about hawking signal boosters...work from either end...broadcast...or client
     
  19. johnny89

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    thanks for your help guys all these look pretty good ill have to research a little.
     
  20. pixelot

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    I think it works, but it's kind of impractical in some cases. :rolleyes:
     
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