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#1 samuel3

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 03:10 PM

Well recently i have 2-3 bars of signal ive always had 3 bars of signal and never really use to disconnect but it goes down to 2 bars of signal and disconnects then 1 minute later it will go to 3 bars of signal.

I have been disconncecting my router aswell to get a low ip for an online game. But maybe disconnecting the router may of caused problems of the signal or something?

I have 3 floors in my house. The router is bottom floor and my computer is on the highest floor.
These been no interance no bad weather.

Whats causing this??


My OS is Vista Home Premium
My router is USRobotics
My wireless card is Belkin

Any help?

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 03:50 PM

Hi Samuel3

I would guess that distance is a factor here. A small shift of the router or the computer may possibly find a better route for your signal. Worth a try anyway. If it gets too bad, an intermediate router on the middle floor to transfer the signal could be something to consider.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:39 PM

I dont think i can move the router any higher to the computer, because i have no phone line to plug the router in.

Yep ill move the router tommorrow as i cant really be doing anything at the moment (Feeling Ill :thumbsup:)

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 01:45 AM

Depending on the router, you can usually go to your nearest computer store and buy better/bigger antennas for it. This will boost your signal. That or you can upgrade your card to a wireless N adapter on your pc. This also will give you a better range and is backwards compatible. The other option you have (which is the most expensive) is to get a wireless access point and set it up on the 2nd floor as a WIRELESS REPEATER. This will grab the signal from downstairs, cycle it through and pump it back out, giving you a closer source for your wireless without having to run aditional cables.

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 11:55 AM

Still no luck ive turned the packard bell adapter ariol to the side, and hasn't really helped.
Any other suggestions?

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 01:43 PM

Fixed.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 12:28 PM

Fixed.



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Posted 28 December 2008 - 05:40 PM

I brought a Sitecom signal Booster.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:52 PM

Although we tend to go for the free or cheap option first, sometimes the only way is to spend a few bob.

Glad you got it fixed, Samuel.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:44 AM

Ok lol about 1 and half year later.

Sometime is 2009 i got rid of the booster because we got it wired but now the wire is broke. I still had the booster but when i plug it all in etc it says 'Connected with Limited Access' but its not actually connected how do i fix this?

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:16 PM

Sounds like the booster is fouling it up somewhere. I suppose it comes down do you want it wireless or a wired connection. Is your booster in range of the original WiFi signal from the router? Is the WiFi encrypted? If so the booster needs to have the correct key to it can effectively connection to the WiFi and boost it.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:31 AM

Sounds like the booster is fouling it up somewhere. I suppose it comes down do you want it wireless or a wired connection. Is your booster in range of the original WiFi signal from the router? Is the WiFi encrypted? If so the booster needs to have the correct key to it can effectively connection to the WiFi and boost it.

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How do i put in the right key?

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:17 AM

Not sure some boosters require one some just relay the signal regardless. Your best bet would be contact the manufacturer about wither or not you need one.
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 12:32 PM

Hi samuel3 limited or no connectivity is all you will get because the signal booster(access point) isn't receiving a signal from the source router a little configuration is needed.

First you need to navigate to the source routers(no the signal booster) webpage probably 192.168.1.1 or similar enter password.

Then go to Lan setup(maybe a slightly different name on yours).

Below is an example: (yours may look a little different)

Router IP Address : 192.168.1.1
Subnet Mask : 255.255.255.0
Enable DNS Relay :
DHCP Server Settings (Optional)

Use this section to configure the built-in DHCP Server to assign IP addresses to the computers on your network.
Enable DHCP Server : Yes
DHCP IP Address Range : 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.254

Change end ip 192.168.1.254 to 192.168.1.245 and click apply and save a reboot of router may be applied that is fine. If end ip address is set to less than 254 you can use that end address for dhcp reservation as long as there are two or more addresses free before it hits 254.

Now you need to reserve an ip address 192.168.1.245 in this case for the signal booster below:

Add DHCP Reservation (Optional)
Enable : Yes
Computer Name : The ssid name of signal booster when you try and connect to it.
IP Address : 192.168.1.245
MAC Address : 00:00:00:00:00:00 (replace this with the mac address of signal booster found underneath).

Now go into wireless setup or similar name and you should find information on what channel the router is set to. If set to auto change this and select channel 1(you will need to verify your neighbours aren't using same channel download inssider change if this is the case and click apply and save.. Make a note of this for later.

On this page there may be information about encryption key such as whether it is wep or wpa-psk tkip or wpa2-aes make a note of which setting it is and make a note of the key itself as you will need these details later.

After this log out of source router downstairs.

Now you need to connect the sitecom booster via a known good ethernet cable to your computer navigate to its webpage enter password go to wireless setup and change channel from auto to 6 or or different channel if you have had to change channel on source router as long as they are five channels apart to avoid bleeding. Then go into lan settings and change router ip address and dhcp server start and end addresses:

Router IP Address : 192.168.1.245 (change existing ip to this).
Subnet Mask : 255.255.255.0
Enable DNS Relay :
DHCP Server Settings (Optional)

Use this section to configure the built-in DHCP Server to assign IP addresses to the computers on your network.
Enable DHCP Server : Yes
DHCP IP Address Range : 192.168.1.246 to 192.168.1.254 (change existing start and end ip's to these).

Click apply and save reboot may occur.


You can check connectivity via ethernet to internet if it kicks up a fuss about network key enter the key you got from source router three things to remember all letters should be capitals and anything that looks like the letter "o" is a zero and no spaces. If it doesn't connect go into wireless settings and select encryption method and enter key from details recorded click apply and save.

Try and connect via ethernet enter key if prompted and it should connect to internet. Then you can disconnect the ethernet cable and site router on second floor and connect wirelessly enter network key.

The above addresses and channel settings are examples yours may differ.

Hope this helps.
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