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WRT54GS signal strength marginal

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by rdemers, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. rdemers

    rdemers LI Guru Member

    My WRT54GS unit is located less than 75 feet from my HP pavilion zv6000 laptop. Only two wooden walls and a window between. Signal strength never exceeds 'low' or 'very low'. It will also drop out altogether at times and I can get back on only by disabling then re-starting the net. I've replaced the stock antennas with a booster set (7db gain) with no noticeable improvement in signal strength. This doesn't seem right. I was told by the vendor (Staples) that this should be good up to 300ft. but I'll be happy with a good reliable signal at half that distance. What's wrong?

    Note: I'm new at this and not as technically literate as most on this forum seem to be, so please keep it simple :D

    rdemers
     
  2. DoC_DaR

    DoC_DaR Network Guru Member

    May not be the WRT54GS. Have you checked the signal levels using your laptop with other access points including other WRT54GS routers under similar circumstances? Also your WRT54GS may be defective or broken. I would suggest insuring latest firmware on the WRT and latest drivers on the LapTop. After some troubleshooting to insure the WRT and the LapTop are both working correctly and do not have a compatability issue, the reason for your delima should present itself.
     
  3. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    You believed the claims of a salesman or the marketing blurbs on a box? It's called good marketing to make statements like "goes up to 300 feet". This is hardly unique to electronics. Same thing in cars and everything else.

    Have you tried a better WiFi card on the laptop?

    Consider trying reflectors on the antenna to increase gain. There are templates at http://www.freeantennas.com/
     
  4. rdemers

    rdemers LI Guru Member

    Thanks all for your thoughtful responses. Since my weak signal problem happens in only about one out of six work sessions, I'd probably be wise to let well enough alone for now. Given my low level of expertise I'd probably blow myself permanently off-line if I attempted to work through the several suggestions offered.

    Thanks again and God bless.

    Bob Demers

    PS I can probably handle the reflector idea .... worth a shot!
     

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