WRT56G Router upstairs above computers...is that a probem?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by MZ, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. MZ

    MZ Network Guru Member


    I've installed a new network in my home. Upstairs (2nd floor) is my WRT54G Linksys wireless router. (It's up there because it's near the cable entry into the house...long story why the 2nd floor).

    Down on the 1st floor (basically right below) is my computer using a Linksys WMP54G wireless PCI card. And my laptop using a WPC54G PCMCIA card.

    My problem...the signal is usually LOW. And I get dropoffs several times. To remedy, I purchased the new HGA7T TNC antennas for my router. I connected them. And sadly no change :(. Then I cycled down my router then plugged it back in. No change :(

    My question: Is having my wireless router "above" my other wireless devicdes a problem? Should the wireless router basically be level with it's access points? Or should this not matter?

    Please help!


  2. AbNormal

    AbNormal Network Guru Member

    Yes, the position of the router relative to the PCs is important.

    Unfortunately, you probably have the worst possible scenario. A vertical antenna has a parallel pattern that reaches out to the sides, in all directions. However, there is very little energy directly above or below the tip (as you've discovered). Imagine the coverage pattern being the shape of a donut, with the antenna positioned in the center. Just as the donut has nothing immediately above or below the center, neither does the antenna.

    You could try folding back both antennas so that are positioned horizontally. Then, the orientation of 'the donut' will reach above and below, rather than the second floor.

    Let us know if this helps, and if it does, I'll let you buy me a donut!!

    Good luck.. :wink:
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