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#1 nforce

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 10:34 PM

I'm using a Linksys WRT54G v6.0 wireless router and it will not transmit through walls. I have a computer in a room next to this one so there is 1 wall and maybe 3ft of space separating the computer and router. On the computer, it shows 5 bars, but cannot connect. Im using a belkin usb wireless reciever. And i have tried it with WAP protection and none.

Its funny that I can connect to a neighbors unsecured network with 1 or 2 bars and nice speeds and they live about 5 houses away and across the street(pretty far)

I heard that this router had some problems from other places and they had a modded firmware that would strenghten the signal, but with my ISP, they would probably consider that a 'warrenty void' or something (I do have the latest certified firmware though.)

Is there anyway to fix this? And does the wireless channel (currently 2.437ghz) matter?

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:08 AM

Could be an interference issue, especially if you have another wireless 2.4GHz device near you like a cordless phone. Changing the channel ought to help that.
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:26 AM

We don't have anything like that close to the router, but there might have been a little interference from other wireless networks around... they all keep the same default wireless channel. I tried a different channel and it sorta worked, but its so slow (couple minutes to load google) but it was enough to transfer some file between the network... which is all I really needed but I would like a little more speed (it should go faster if its only a couple feet apart )
Thanks for the reply but any suggestions for speed?

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 05:45 AM

Really Wireless does not really work like that. It is a connection speed to the router, If the router is connected then you will get the speeds related to the wireless connection. It will only slow a little if you are on a very low signal strength. Have you tried to do a Broadband speed test. Also this could be a issue with the wireless card that is running slow. If it is running on the slower protocol. B not G.

If you look at the status of the network from the network properties you should see what the connection speed is to the router.
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 12:46 AM

This also isn't the newest usb wiresess reciever, would it make much of a difference if I got a newer one?

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 09:11 AM

A couple of things to check:
1) Are there pipes or wires in the wall that you're trying to go through? That may be causing the interference.
2) Is the antenna oriented properly for reception? It should not be pointing directly at or directly away from the computer that's trying to connect.
3) Have you checked the devices to ensure that they are functioning properly and that they have the proper drivers installed?
4) Have you checked to see if moving the PC or the router increases the reception?
5) Have you tried other channels on the router/PC to see if it's an interference problem?
6) Have you removed all security while troubleshooting this problem? Security settings can "muck up" any attempts to troubleshoot wireless issues - so it's recommended that you turn them off while troubleshooting.

FYI - my wife has a NetGear wireless router in her office. It transmits a good signal through several concrete walls.
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