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Old 01-21-2007, 08:31 PM   #1
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I've noticed that I don't get a very good Wifi connection when I am upstairs. My router is in my basement and my room is 2 floors above. When in my room, I get 1 or 2 bars of connection in Internet Mode. Because of this, sometimes it takes a little while for a song to become available. My router is "G" and I know the Stiletto does not support that high but I am still surprised.

My laptop always has good connection in my room. (My laptop supports "G" so I realize it should be better.)
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:40 PM   #2
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The B and G strength should be the same coming out of your router. The signal from your Stilletto may be weaker than from the laptop. The B vs G is only a speed issue.

The basement is generally the worst place for a wireless router, can you move it up a floor?
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:45 PM   #3
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You do have two floors for the signal to punch through... I am a little surprised that you can get 2 bars. As VDCHawk suggested, move your wifi AP up a floor or two. It would also improve your wifi signal strength outside the house.
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I can't move the router because it is in my dad's computer room in the basement. I guess the signal issue is normal given the circumstances. Thanks.
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Any chance of adding an access point on an upper floor?

I know Linksys was making a repeater, or you could look at higher gain antennas depending on your router.
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All is not lost. You could get a repeater/range extender.

Or you could have a whacked out network like do:

internet<->wifi router<->wifi bridge<->hub<->wifi AP

My router is upstairs at the front of the house and the AP is downstairs on the back side. Adding the AP allowed full coverage to my back yard. Granted I have a few devices connected to the far side of my bridge (Wii, Xbox, Tivo, and a PC).
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I got you beat, but my house is all wired. There are 4 physical access points running, and a few virtual ones.
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Nice. My next house I want a jack in every room.. actually two per room. Each on opposite walls. More than likely I'll have to have to have the house built and I don't feel like playing foreman right now.
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My router is in my basement and my room is 2 floors above. When in my room, I get 1 or 2 bars of connection in Internet Mode.
You could try this if your house has cable or satellite between the floors... they do work. There are other brands ect.

http://ces.engadget.com/2006/01/08/a...able-extender/
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Remember, the antenna is broadcasting out and down I believe. TO get anything from the basement 2 floors up is quite good.
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You could try this if your house has cable or satellite between the floors... they do work. There are other brands ect.

http://ces.engadget.com/2006/01/08/a...able-extender/
The article you sited specifically says it will NOT work with Satellite TV, they use some of the same bandwidth.
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Remember, the antenna is broadcasting out and down I believe. TO get anything from the basement 2 floors up is quite good.
Normal antenna's on WiFi routers transmit in a donut shaped pattern. Not much up or down.
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The article you sited specifically says it will NOT work with Satellite TV, they use some of the same bandwidth.
...sorry should have read the whole article! I saw something like this in use, and did a 'quick search' posting the first link with pictures i could find...

The guy i saw had it working with non-HD content over Dishnet. I don't remember brand. I don't think it works with satellite carrying HD ? I think thats the "SOME" in the article? he didn't have HD so i can't comment on that.

Any way this idea could be used to relocate one of the routers antennas a few floors up, by just running a new coax line. You could do that with out the kit. just some proper coax fitting to go between antenna and router. 10 or 20 bux tops.

Also could try a directional high-gain antenna for the router, so you can aim signal up at your room.
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Normal antenna's on WiFi routers transmit in a donut shaped pattern. Not much up or down.

yeah this is the typical pattern but I've seen some that do some weird things like go straight up or straight down. I have a Linksys repeater in the basement for wireless access and I get a fairly strong signal on the 3rd floor. Of course my house was built in 1930 so it's basically a timber box so I don't get a lot of interference.

I have to figure out how to wire our new house that we just bought. I'd love data in every room too but it's just not feasible sometimes. I think the servers and stuff go into the basement with the firewall and access point and we run a laptop wireless for the rest of the house.
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Some of those old houses have wire lath and plaster walls. Basically a tight mesh wire fence with plaster applied. Almost shields every room.

In a newer house you should be able to wire to every room. Interior walls tend to be easier, outer walls have insulation. There is normally a way to get wires up to an attic, and it may be easier to drop wires down a wall than run up, let gravity help. One thing that helps is a 10' length of pull chain (like on a light fixture) and a magnet, drop the chain down the wall and find it with a magnet to get it thru the hole.
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