Wireless network

I have installed a Netgear wireless-n router in my church and it works fine for the laptop computer across the hall. However, the computer down 100 -200 feet down the hall cannot access the internet. How can I boost the signal so that the computer down the hall can connect?

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Are there any obsticles in between the computer down the hall and the router?
The wireless-n router should reach that far without problems.
Does the wireless network show up at all when you search for them?
Try repositioning the router and wireless network card antena. This can make quite
a difference even with small adjustments.

Also, have you tried moving the router next to the PC and then connecting?
If it doesn’t then it could be an issue with the wirleless network card or card driver.

It may be that there is a router close by which is using the same frequency channel which
will result in problems with some items trying to connect, especially if the signal strength of
both networks happens to be overlapping at the point where your computer is sited.
You can change the channel by logging into the admin page on the router, going to wirless settings, and chnaging the channel there. The default channel is 6, so try 1 or 8, or something similar.

You may not get the rated speed by doing this (upto 300 mbs), since the rangemax routers use multi channel broadcasts to achieve the enhanced speed, but to be honest you won’t notice if your just connecting to the internet.


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  • greatjubee
    I recently replaced a G router at one of my customers with a netgear n router and USB wireless adapters, We continued to have the same problems we had with the G in obtaining a stable signal from room to room. After several hours of working on this problem I determined that the Netgear wireless N USB adapters were not any good. They worked for shrt distances, but did not resolve the issue we had from room to room. We then replaced the Netgear N router and Adapters with a Belkin Router and USB Adapters and have not had one problem keeping a connection at 300mps on any of the computers since. Also what type of wireless adapter in the computer that is down the hall? Is the router set for B,G,N signals of just for conection to G, N adapters. Most laptops are using a G adapter, someolder computers have a B, adapter. Like I said make sure the Adapter down the hall is truly making a connection to your N Router.
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  • djac
    Take the laptop to the location where the PC is to verify whether the signal is getting that far. What type of wireless adapter is in the PC - USB, PCI card? If its a PCI card, is the antenna fixed onto the back of the card or on a short lead? If it's on a lead try placing in different locations. What is the fabric of the walls between the router and where the PC is located? If there is a lot of brick/concrete/steel you may never get a signal down there. Also some interior walls use insulation with foil or metallised film between the drywall (plasterboard) sheets which is a very good RF insulator also! To be honest, with WLAN there are so many variables it's almost impossible to PD remotely.
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  • Jmkelly
    How many walls are between the wireless router and the computer 100-200 feet down the hall, and (as Djac said) what are they made of, and at what angle are they to the signal? A couple layers of Sheetrock are no big deal, but heavy plumbing, electrical, lath & plaster, and concrete are all signal-killers. Also, if a wall is placed so the signal strikes it obliquely, it might as well be concrete.
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