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Post-it 11-27-2012 09:10 AM

Wireless internet booster?
So I have a wireless Internet USB adapter to my PC but the problem is that my signal is very weak because of the distance it is from our router. Is there a way to make the signal stronger without moving the router closer? Some type of booster or anything?

ddawg16 11-27-2012 09:26 AM

Short of moving the router or getting a different one with more range, you can get a wireless repeater.

I installed one at my in-laws house. It works just have to understand how it will actually show up as a different wireless access instead of connection to 'my home', you would connect to 'my repeater'..... far are we talking?

If you have an old router...instead of buying a repeater...get a new one with more range....and while your at it...get one with NAS. Basically, NAS capability lets you plug a USB HD into the router and it is now accessable by any computer on your network. Sort of a cheap and easy way to have a network drive.

SuperJETT 11-27-2012 09:57 AM

If the antennas are removable from the router, buy new higher dbi antennas. They are cheap, no complicated setup, and work great.

Post-it 11-27-2012 02:19 PM

Well I am using a D-Link Xtreme N Dual Band N+300 USB Adapter. It's the first one I found that would actually even find a signal. My signal strength jumps up and down from 10% - 25%. The router and my computer are on opposite corners of about a 2500 sq. ft. house.
I did check the antennas and they are removable, so getting new antennas might help.

ddawg16 11-27-2012 02:31 PM

It's worth trying the antenna's...but I think you are only going to get marginal improvement. The freq is pretty high and chances are the installed antenna is already a full wavelength antenna....about the only improvement would be a remote antenna....and you can get the same result by just moving the router.

On your it the fixed type? Looks like a USB memory stick? If so....have you tried pluging it into a USB port on the other side of the computer?

I use a USB on one of my computers...but this one has a cord and the actual reciever can be mounted up high...

I still think your going to need a repeater....

SuperJETT 11-27-2012 02:38 PM

I use higher gain antennas at work for our office building which has concrete walls throughout. They work, they really do extend the range. 3 access points cover the entire building now where I used to have 5.

TheBobmanNH 11-27-2012 02:54 PM

Not to put too fine a point on it, but is this your house? Is running cat5 or moving the router THAT out of the question? Or are you just renting a room and stuck with what you have?

Adding a repeater is certainly your best bet given your restraints. It's going to add a bit of latency, so if you're a gamer, keep that in mind.

Post-it 11-27-2012 03:56 PM

Yeah you could say I'm renting a room and stuck with what I got. I'm not a gamer on the PC. I just use it mostly for surfing the web but would like it to be faster. We are in the 21st century and I need better than dial-up speed Internet, lol.

ddawg16 11-27-2012 04:00 PM


Originally Posted by Post-it (Post 1061826)
Yeah you could say I'm renting a room and stuck with what I got. I'm not a gamer on the PC. I just use it mostly for surfing the web but would like it to be faster. We are in the 21st century and I need better than dial-up speed Internet, lol. live with your parents......and....the best way to save money to buy a house.

Post-it 11-27-2012 04:51 PM

Haha no. I rent a house with 4 others. I just can't relocate the router. I'm just looking for an affordable way to make it better because I may only be here for a few more months

user1007 11-29-2012 07:30 AM

You might search Lifehacker. They often run feature articles on DIY built signal boosters.

user1007 11-29-2012 07:34 AM

Not sure where you are but is your own wireless connection in the budget? I have been delighted with CLEAR and get unlimited super fast service with no ceilings or throttle downs for $45/month. I had to buy my own modem thingie but it was cheap. Obviously I can take the connection with me.

CLEAR also sells a hotspot for $45 that you can tap with 6-8 devices.

I think Virgin has a plan for like $35 but it does threaten to slow you down after a certain data amount.

diyorpay 11-29-2012 08:16 AM

Saw this "today only" 11/29/12, free shipping.

Diamond Multimedia WR300N Wireless-N Range Extender

Don't know how well it works using house wiring.

Condition: New
Packaging: Retail
Warranty: 1 Year
Brand: Diamond Multimedia
Model: WR300N

Product Features:
Can be used as a Wireless Range Extender, a Standalone Wireless Access Point, and a Wireless Bridge Device
Receives weak wireless signals and extends the range to greater distances
Eliminates wireless dead spots
Easy to install
Ethernet port
Plugs directly into wall socket
300Mbps speed
WEP and WPA security
WPA2 encryption
TKIP and AES algorithm
802.11b/g/n compatibility

What You Get:
Diamond Multimedia Wireless Range Extender
LAN Cable
Installation CD
Quick Start Guide

DH558 12-19-2013 04:27 AM

Edimax EW-7438RPn 300Mbps Wireless 802.11/b/g/n Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender

Works great!

Maverick Wolfe 01-26-2014 09:46 AM

Not sure if OP has solved their issue or not but.... Dump the D-Link and throw in something better and grab some high gain antennas Throw them on there, Grab something like a ZyXEL such as this or there are others but this gives you the added security of a hardware firewall. or this ZyXEL It has the newest bandwidth capabilities of AC1200 not the fastest but it's high end and would give you amazing range, shove a couple high gainers on there and you would likely reap the bennefits. I will also be posting some of these into another thread with a user with a somewhat similar issue. There are TONS of options, NETGEAR just came out with a new AC series router called the Nighthawk, it looks freaking awesome and I would buy it if I could afford it. Get everybody to pitch in 40 each and you can afford a really nice setup, it would benefit all of you, seeing as there are 4 people in the home, an AC series router would be better than an older B/G/N 300 Router. If you look at it from a standpoint of a technician and networking specialist such as I am you'll find that you can't beat just upgrading, testing and then going out and buying the high gain boosters, then placing a booster out there in the house as a second option. You've got a few things to work with. I'll leave you with a link to the XyXEL store on Newegg and Let you browse. Please feel free to skype me with any questions you may have.

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