WRT300N and signal strength (in G mode)

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by mystiky, May 14, 2007.

  1. mystiky

    mystiky LI Guru Member

    I had been using the WRT54G (version 5) router for about 18 months. My wife's laptop access at the very far end of our apartment was very quirky. Dropped signals were a norm (she has a ThinkPad T43). I tried using the "booster" antennas that are sold at Radio Shack for about $10, but it really made no difference.

    So, I went out to yesterday and bought a WRT300N router (version 1). Updated it to the latest firmware (1.03.6) and put it in AUTO mode. It seems that my wife's reception got even worse! So, I went back and changed the "Radio Band" parameters to the 20Mhz channel, and chose "Standard channel" as 11. It seems to have stabilized the situation.

    A few questions:

    1) Since WRT300N is a "later" chipset router, shouldn't it in theory have a stronger G signal than the WRT54G?

    2) What is the best setup (setup parameters) that I can use to make my G signal the strongest possible. I really don't care about the N for now, as none of my computers are using it.

    3) Should I have just stuck with WRT54G then? Or are there benefits for me with this WRT300N?

    Would really love to hear from the "experts". Thank you.
  2. Tazz411

    Tazz411 Guest

    anyone have any thoughts on this? I am curious too.
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you used a 802.11N NIC, you would have seen an improvement. The wireless N router use multiple antennas, radios and dual channels to get greater range and speed. The WRT310 uses only the 802.11G band. The Thinkpad only has a 802.11G radio, so you will only get marginal improvement at best with the radio in the Thinkpad and no improvement at worst. I would buy a wireless 802.11N NIC and turn off the NIC on the Thinkpad. You may be getting some interference at the location, where your wife is using the Thinkpad. Try changing the channel on both the router and Thinkpad before spending any more money. The signal output on the router is limited by regulation.
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