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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old June 15th, 2009, 11:00
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Recently bought my wife a little net-book thingy so she can use around the house etc.

Problem is the connection in some rooms downstairs are very low and then result in dropping the connection completely.

Clearly my plans of winning browny points have backfired with frustration from her not being able to "surf" as it were downstairs or out in the conservatory.

My question is does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to improve - boost the signal downstairs?

I had heard of something that plugs into wall sockets and have also been suggested I get a better router upstairs? We need to maintain a "wireless" environment

Does anyone one have any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old June 15th, 2009, 11:21
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I think there's also an option of getting a second router that would basically extend the wireless range of your network.

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Range booosters?

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Mutiple Access Points?
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Is there any chance you could place the wireless router downstairs rather than upstairs? You'll find the signal travels better upwards than it does downwards.

Other than that, give us the model of the router and we can look at a few things. Some routers are capable of what numerodix posted above, others not.

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I had the same problem until a year ago, The internet connection would drop for a few seconds and then come back on, extremely annoying when you're chatting or watching a video.

I solved this problem by getting a stronger router, I also changed telecom company, but I don't know if that has anything to do with it.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old June 15th, 2009, 13:03
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Thanks for the feedback so far folks!

In short and in answer to a few questions. I kinda want to boost the signal for sure.
I can't fix the Router downstairs no. My house is on 3 floors, router sits in the middle.

The router itself was supplied by my ISP and I have had no issues with it or them to be honest. I get a constant 6MB speed.

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- Range up to 50m indoors and 250m outdoors (in ideal conditions) (so they say)

P.S. I'm really not that techy btw but just want a reasonably simple solution so the wife can be happy = I am happy - peaceful life
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The other thing I tried was the angle of the router/aerial, turned it 45 degrees and it worked much better when connecting downstairs. If it has to be on your middle floor have you tried turning it a bit?

Also, I assume the netbook works OK upstairs?

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old June 16th, 2009, 11:29
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Yes, somebody else suggested I try moving the aerial around. Sounds very 20th century IMO like those old TV's where you used to have to move the aerial around to get the best signal and then had to stay there holding it a la Mr Bean style lol.

However, I will give it a try

Yes, perfect reception both on the same middle level and upstairs. Just below and to the right so I'll try to angle it in that position. Kinda makes you think whether below left will then be affected? lol
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