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    taken from here (of all places...) http://www.microsoft.com/athome/more...elesstips.mspx

    10 tips for improving your wireless network

    Extend the range and the strength of your wireless network


    1.Position your wireless router (or wireless access point) in a central location.
    When possible, place your wireless router in a central location in your home. If your wireless router is against an outside wall of your home, the signal will be weak on the other side of your home. Don't worry if you can't move your wireless router, because there are many other ways to improve your connection.



    2.Move the router off the floor and away from walls and metal objects (such as metal file cabinets).
    Metal, walls, and floors will interfere with your router's wireless signals. The closer your router is to these obstructions, the more severe the interference, and the weaker your connection will be.


    3.Replace your router's antenna.
    The antennas supplied with your router are designed to be omni-directional, meaning they broadcast in all directions around the router. If your router is near an outside wall, half of the wireless signals will be sent outside your home, and much of your router's power will be wasted. Most routers don't allow you to increase the power output, but you can make better use of the power. Upgrade to a hi-gain antenna that focuses the wireless signals only one direction. You can aim the signal in the direction you need it most.



    4.Replace your computer's wireless network adapter.
    Wireless network signals must be sent both to and from your computer. Sometimes, your router can broadcast strongly enough to reach your computer, but your computer can't send signals back to your router. To improve this, replace your laptop's PC card-based wireless network adapter with a USB network adapter that uses an external antenna. In particular, consider the Hawking Hi-Gain Wireless USB network adapter, which adds an external, hi-gain antenna to your computer and can significantly improve your range.
    Laptops with built-in wireless typically have excellent antennas and don't need to have their network adapters upgraded.



    5.Add a wireless repeater.

    Wireless repeaters extend your wireless network range without requiring you to add any wiring. Just place the wireless repeater halfway between your wireless access point and your computer, and you'll get an instant boost to your wireless signal strength. Check out the wireless repeaters from ViewSonic, D-Link, Linksys, and Buffalo Technology.


    6.Change your wireless channel.

    Wireless routers can broadcast on several different channels, similar to the way radio stations use different channels. In the United States and Canada, these channels are 1, 6, and 11. Just like you'll sometimes hear interference on one radio station while another is perfectly clear, sometimes one wireless channel is clearer than others. Try changing your wireless router's channel through your router's configuration page to see if your signal strength improves. You don't need to change your computer's configuration, because it'll automatically detect the new channel.


    7.Reduce wireless interference.
    If you have cordless phones or other wireless electronics in your home, your computer might not be able to "hear" your router over the noise from the other wireless devices. To quiet the noise, avoid wireless electronics that use the 2.4GHz frequency. Instead, look for cordless phones that use the 5.8GHz or 900MHz frequencies.


    8.Update your firmware or your network adapter driver.
    Router manufacturers regularly make free improvements to their routers. Sometimes, these improvements increase performance. To get the latest firmware updates for your router, visit your router manufacturer's Web site.
    Similarly, network adapter vendors occasionally update the software that Windows XP uses to communicate with your network adapter, known as the driver. These updates typically improve performance and reliability. To get the updates, visit Microsoft Update, and then under Select by Type click Hardware, Optional. Install any updates relating to your wireless network adapter. It wouldn't hurt to install any other updates while you're visiting Microsoft Update, too.
    Note When you go to Microsoft Update, you have two options: the Express Install for critical and security updates and Custom Install for high priority and optional updates. You may find more driver updates when you use Custom Install.


    9.Pick equipment from a single vendor.
    While a Linksys router will work with a D-Link network adapter, you often get better performance if you pick a router and network adapter from the same vendor. Some vendors offer a performance boost of up to twice the performance when you choose their hardware: Linksys has the SpeedBooster technology, and D-Link has the 108G enhancement.


    10.Upgrade 802.11b devices to 802.11g.
    802.11b is the most common type of wireless network, but 802.11g is about five times faster. 802.11g is backward-compatible with 802.11b, so you can still use any 802.11b equipment that you have. If you're using 802.11b and you're unhappy with the performance, consider replacing your router and network adapters with 802.11g-compatible equipment. If you're buying new equipment, definitely choose 802.11g.
    Wireless networks never reach the theoretical bandwidth limits. 802.11b networks typically get 2-5Mbps. 802.11g is usually in the 13-23Mbps range. Belkin's Pre-N equipment has been measured at 37-42Mbps.
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    Nice post.

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    lets pin this just for the noobies

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    im noob in wireless
    i was trying to find a way to get a better reception from my neighbour...
    will get my own later

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    just remembered. my mate got his own PC so we can try again without his dad being a cawk about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100%
    im noob in wireless
    i was trying to find a way to get a better reception from my neighbour...
    will get my own later
    That's actually worth a

    Was your neighbour helpful when you asked him to reposition his router?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GepperRankins

    brilliant thanks

    Was your neighbour helpful when you asked him to reposition his router?
    i follow the advice of the majority - its his free generosity, will probably tell him after i got my own
    Last edited by 100%; 03-14-2006 at 05:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprafreak6
    lets pin this just for the noobies
    Yes, pin this.

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    Orb, Wireless Router
    Orb consists of two parts: 1) Network Home Plug: Its function is to transfer the network signal into the normal electricity network. Therefore this appliance features a power plug which is attachable/detachable and the plug is connected to the home plug main body with a power line. Also the home plug main body has a RJ45 port for connecting network cable. 2) Wireless Router: It functions as a normal wireless router, but it has a feature to make it special – a light bulb connector. Thanks to the built-in standard light bulb connector the wireless router can plug on to any standard light bulb housing, allowing the wireless router to receive the power and the network signal from the normal electricity network. This means that only a single necessary network cable is needed to connect to the home plug. This is the true meaning of “wireless router”.

    Design: Liteon Technology Corp



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