54 Mbps but weak signal

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Hamneggs22, May 10, 2011.

  1. Hamneggs22

    Hamneggs22 Networkin' Nut Member

    Hello friends,

    I am having a problem with my signal strength and hope someone can help me. I should first say that I know very little about computers and have spent days trying to fix this.

    I have Comcast as an ISP and the connection seems great. The modem is in the living room next to the router that is connected to a desktop using an ethernet cable and there are no problems. I used a long ethernet cable from that room to my bedroom which is 20' away and it worked very well.

    Now the problem I'm having is I don't want to run this ethernet cable down the hallway. I want to use a wireless connection. My connection is showing that I'm getting 54 Mbps, but my signal is poor. Out of 5 bars, my signal shows 1 bar. There isn't anything really obstructing my PC (desktop) in my room from the router except my door which I close sometimes.

    I don't use an external antenna or adapter, not sure what you call it, because my Dell Studio XPS has an internal adapter I guess you would call it. I had this same set up in the last residence I was in pretty much, but the signal is much weaker.

    My router is a Linksys WRT54G 2.4 GHz Wireless G. I'm using Windows 7 and I believe I have my firmware updated. I've tried to reposition the router and my PC. I've even tried to make a home made device with aluminum foil to help, no luck there. I have changed channels on the router settings with no luck. I made sure the router isn't next to a window or too close to a wall. Only devices near it are the modem and desktop all connected together.

    I feel like I've tried everything reasonable. Last house I lived in I tried a new router that was more powerful because my signal was fair, now it's poor. It didn't work at all. Nothing seems to beat a direct ethernet connection.

    For someone who knows so little about this stuff all this research I've done the past few days has done almost nothing at all. Can someone please help me out? And please remember, I know very little about this stuff. Thank you in advance. All help is appreciated.
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

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