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Thread created on Tue Dec 03, 2013 20:40:12
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I just bough this Wifi Adapter.

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Its supposed to pick up Wifi up to 3K in open areas.
Here is a link to it.


www.ebay.ie/itm/301024239370?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Before anyone buys one. DONT.

Its a load of bollox. It picks up no more than a regular wifi adapter.

Does anyone know one that actually works?
It would have to be a USB connection.


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Posted on Tue Dec 03, 2013 21:31:13
I've bought a 9db antenna for my router and i've barely seen 20% improvements.

I have also bought a Galaxy note 2 which picks up 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi, i might be wrong but maybe that is the reason i can catch wifi at longer range (few meters more than usual)

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Posted on Tue Dec 03, 2013 21:40:21
Mine are the same. I have 2 7.5dbi antennas but the increase is minimal.
I would love to know more on the matter so I know whether to keep looking for a better (USB) wifi adapter or just give up because they are a myth.

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Posted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 00:47:43
You are slightly mistaken. There is nothing preventing the amplifier from amplifying the WiFi signal to many kM as you simply need a longer transmitter pulse as you have. However it will only be in a single direction, and any interference will affect the larger wavelength similarly.

I'm assuming your at home, and want to connect a device to your router. Your router is probably downstairs. There are 2 possible problems:

Does this happen to all your devices connecting to the router, i.e. your smart phone, laptop, PC, PS3 etc, and has it always been like this.

- If yes, you probably have thick internal bricks walls (instead of plasterboard), thick insulation, metallic interference in the walls etc. Unfortunately not much can be done about this, try moving the router around to get the best signal. Also make sure there is no nearby wireless equipment, like your wireless telephone etc as it'll cause interference. And of course place the router as high as possible.

- If it only happens to your PC, than your PC's networking card might be going.

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Posted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 01:15:51
I think you have set the diagnosis there Astral. The walls in my house are block walls and onto of that the walls are studded and have plasterboard and polystyrene in them.

The same weak wireless signal happenes with all my devices.

Looks like I'm just going to have to wire the house and add a repeater upstairs.

Would you recommend any better ways to improve my signal throughout the house?

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Posted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 07:20:04
You need this...

www.pcadvisor.co.uk/buying-advice/network-wifi/3370997/homeplug-powerline-networking-adaptors-buying-advice/

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Posted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 07:46:17
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I think you have set the diagnosis there Astral. The walls in my house are block walls and onto of that the walls are studded and have plasterboard and polystyrene in them.

The same weak wireless signal happenes with all my devices.

Looks like I'm just going to have to wire the house and add a repeater upstairs.

Would you recommend any better ways to improve my signal throughout the house?


He already listed some things to help you improve your signal.
You can also try downloading an app on your phone that lets you analyze wifi signals. See if you can see if any of your neighbors wifi leaks into your house and see what channel they are on. If you have a few wifi signals on the same channel, it could degrade your signal. You may have to switch channels to get negate that effect.

Other then that, your best bet is you get a repeater like you said or even get a new router. If your going to buy a repeater... I suggest you don't buy a repeater... but rather get the Linksys WRT54GL router and install a custom firmware to it... Then have it set up as a wifi repeater.

Right now I have Tomato 1.28 installed on my linksys. Best decision ever. But for a repeater, you'll have to install dd-wrt and then set up your computer and routers.


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Posted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:04:51
I think I will go for the better router option.

I currently have the Technicolor TG582n. It has no antenna or a antenna connection outlet either.

I just changed my channel there to one thats not being used by anyone else in the area. Hopefully that helps a bit more.

Thanks for the feedback guys.

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Posted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:16:18
Make sure that when you change the channel, you change it to a channel that your ISP uses.
My ISP, for instance, doesn't use 3 or 4 out of the 14 or so channels available.

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Posted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:35:14
I changes it to 4 and it seems to be working ok.

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Posted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 17:23:20
My house is also insulated with polystyrene boards and has brick walls. Sucks because i have full wifi signal from my neighbor who is 15 meters away and yet i have barely any signal in the kitchen (i still have neighbors signal in the kitchen...)

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Posted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 17:25:57
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My house is also insulated with polystyrene boards and has brick walls. Sucks because i have full wifi signal from my neighbor who is 15 meters away and yet i have barely any signal in the kitchen (i still have neighbors signal in the kitchen...)


I have the exact same thing happening to me also.

Such a pain.

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Posted on Thu Dec 05, 2013 17:15:20
My personal recommendation is to use an ethernet cable for your PC. Similarly my parents previously used a wireless adapter from the PC upstairs, but when I came down for holidays I found the speed terribly slow and after some tests with other devices determined it's the walls. Initially my mum was against having a 30m cable running from the dining room to the upstairs PC room, but f**k it, I won't do what you tell me, haha, so I did it anyway. Did it 3 years ago, can't even notice it tbh, from Virgin Media we had a load of mini plugs to hold wires against the wall, and I just wired the eth cable around the skirting boards up to the room, and you can't even notice it. But the reason this was possible was because downstairs the living room's door connecting to the entrance, goes from carpet to wood, hence a small gap under the door.

Just analyse a route for your possible cable, and if it's doable, go for it. And the end result is a considerable speed increase from almost 0 packet loss.

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Posted on Tue Dec 10, 2013 05:31:21
I luff astral......

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Posted on Tue Dec 10, 2013 22:58:53
Thanks Astral.

I was going to get a cable but it would mean ripping up all the skirting bored up and I am just to lazy to be honest. I would rather buy some magic wireless adapter to do the job.

I might however drill a whole through the roof. I'm weighing up my options at this stage.

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Posted on Wed Dec 11, 2013 08:20:19
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I might however drill a whole through the roof. I'm weighing up my options at this stage.

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Posted on Mon Dec 16, 2013 08:38:16
maybe u should buy ur own wifi and stop buying a signal boosting device to sponge off other peoples wifi

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