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 10/01/2004 02:00 AM
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Downstairs I have a X-Micro 802.11G Router' ">http://www.x-micro.com/wlan-11g-brouter54.htm and upstairs 2 X-Micro USB 802.11G Wireless Adapters' ">http://www.x-micro.com/wlan-usb54.htm. I know I would've liked to get that Linksys router with Linux firmware but this is what I got. The distance between the router and adapters are under 50 feet. The router claims it can go as far as 300M. With it all setup I only get 38% signal strength.



Besides moving the router a bit closer (I'm limited to where the cable is) or getting another router, do you know any ways I can increase the strength? I don't have any 2.4GHZ cordless phones or microwaves nearby. It's just the router some stairs and glass and the adapters.

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 10/01/2004 07:27 PM
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Hey MacNews, here's a link that might be helpful.
Antennas' ">http://www.terra-wave.com/browse-antennas.html

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Hi, i'm just looking at yor screen shot and noticed that the transmition rate is at 11Mbps (its meant to be 54) , i can't help but think this, are you connected to the right network and not somene elses 3 houses away or something?

P.S i do not have a wireless network & only know a bit about them. so i may be talking a load of garble

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 10/02/2004 02:07 AM
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The reason why it's only 11Mbps is because right now I only have USB 1.1. If I'm able to get it all working I'll get a USB 2 card.

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 10/02/2004 03:14 AM
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Sorry i didn't think of that.
 10/02/2004 11:06 AM
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Try making one of these (Ez10, Ez12) reflectors. Free Antennas' ">http://www.freeantennas.com

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Thanks, I'll try one of those. For the Ez-12, it looks to simple to be true but I'll try it.

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 10/03/2004 02:40 AM
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Actually your speeds are right Macnews. A wireless connection typically runs at about 1/3 of its bandwith. You got a pretty good signal.
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QUOTE (bvchurch @ Oct 2 2004, 11:40 PM) Actually your speeds are right Macnews. A wireless connection typically runs at about 1/3 of its bandwith. You got a pretty good signal.
Nah, the router claims 300 metres and I'm under 50 feet. I'll try the tinfoil thing and see if it helps.

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 10/03/2004 12:07 PM
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The probelm however is that the your cards can only pick up a signal up to 11mbps. But as THG, as documented, youll never hit that 11mbps. The router may claim 300 meteres, but your also going through a floor and possibly a couple walls.
 10/04/2004 05:36 PM
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So, it should still be higher.

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No not the way your diagram is reporting it. If you have USB 1.1 I take it the Xgears must cut the max bandwith to 11mbps. However at that rate, youll only obtain about 3-4
 10/07/2004 02:03 PM
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I heard that it helps if you create a gateway. So that the modem is plugged into a wired router and then the wireless router is plugged into the wired router through the uplink port. I heard that it stabilizes the connection. The problem I'm having now is that evenif I can connect to the internet, it drops in and out every couple of seconds.

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 10/13/2004 02:30 PM
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Would there be any signal loss in a 50ft RJ-45 cable? I moved the router maybe 10 feet closer and although the signal strength was only 40% I did a speed test and got 1700 down and 450 up, so that's where it's going to stay.

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