boost signal

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by deuce1, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. deuce1

    deuce1 Addicted to LI Member

    Hi, i'm not really that experienced when it comes to technical things on a pc. I have looked on the net about increasing signal strength and have come across a guide about changing the firmware. My concern with this is that I mess it up and cause more problems.
    At the moment there is a distance of about 40' and a couple of walls in between my pc and router. I have a linksys wrt54gl router. On the signal strength bar there are 4 bars and I fluctuate between 1 and 2.
    Is there any other way to boost the signal before having to change the firmware.
    Many thanks.
  2. deuce1

    deuce1 Addicted to LI Member

    Just a quick follow up.
    I have gone through the channels on the router and I have it set on channel 13.
    I have a mac pc and a windows pc right next to each other, the windows has full signal, but the mac only has 50%. What do I need to do.
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Don't believe the "50%" for starters. 50% of what? Test the speed from your MAC to a wired PC somewhere (by copying and timing a largish file), and do the same with the Windoze PC. If you find that you have more or less the same speed on both PCs, you have "full strength" signal on the MAC.

    As for your 1st question:
    Wireless is a 2-way street: signal from AP/router to PC, AND signal from PC to AP/router. If one of the 2 is weak, ALL your communication would be weak. The best (and just about _only_) way to improve both signals is to add stronger antennas to the AP/router, or the PC's wireless card, or both.

    Don't be afraid of 3rd party firmware such as Thibor15c, Tomato, DD-WRT, etc. These 3rd party firmwares are certainly much more common among readers of this forum than the stock firmware. (It may even be more common in the world....). The 3rd party wares gives you way more control over your router. However, don't just change the firmware for the transmit signal control - this only changes the Tx signal from AP/router to PC; it does nothing for PC to AP/router, so this weaker signal determines your communication speed.
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