Solved Suddenly No Wi-Fi Signal Downstairs

June 5, 2014 at 20:46:48
Specs: Win7, 64 bit OS/4 GB
In the room that is the furthest from my modem/router I am no longer able to get a Wi-Fi signal on my desktop (which has always had poor reception), but I can get one there on my laptop and iPad. I've tried everything my cable company has suggested, including swapping out the modem.

Since my old Linksys WRT54G works fine with all my other devices throughout the house, does that suggest that it isn't the problem? Could it be a networking card issue (my card is only about 3 years old), and how would I determine if it is? Any other ideas on where to go with this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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June 6, 2014 at 00:08:33
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If it has always had poor reception then I would suspect that something else has changed slightly and just been enough to cut-off the signal completely - it could be something as simple as you moved another piece of electronic equipment, or even some furniture which has had an effect.
The simple solution for a static computer is to use a different method of connection - mains networking kits are fairly cheap, are easy to install and work far better than any wireless signal..

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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June 6, 2014 at 00:55:20
This is a desk PC and logically it doesn't move around.... So a cat-5 connection would be logical here; stable signal, and faster too...

Homeplug systems are ideal here; both cat-5 and even a wifi module if preferred.

Depending on where you are based UK/Europe or elswhere determines a little which brands to consider. If you're able to use Devolo they would be my top recommendation.

You would two modules at least; one connects to the router, the other to the PC - both via cat-5. And that's it.

Your current poor (no...) signal effect may be due to shared channel interference; in that there are others in your immediate area using the same wifi channel s you? Perhaps change channels on your installation, and see if it helps?

The wifi card involved may not be the best; equally check for firmware updates?

But overall I'd consider the homeplug approach - lanover mains...

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June 6, 2014 at 11:55:21
If the signal is always poor even a change in the weather could stop it working. Try to avoid sharing the channel with another strong signal and use channels 1, 6 or 11.

Just for info another name for HomePlug is PowerLine. I've found them very good - even the cheap ones.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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