|The wireless hooks into a Wireless Access Point (WAP) or Wireless Router which is a router with a WAP built in; by using a radio. If you are too far away from the access point then you will see speed problems in the form of lost packets and spotting connections. If you are close enough to get good signal then it could be interference from other Wireless devices on the same radio channel. To correct this, you have to go into the Wireless Router's or Access Point's wireless configuration and change the channel. I like channel 9 personally because every one uses 6 and 11 is too weak because it is at the edge of the band; thus 9 falls half way in between. |
So all of that being said, who is the owner of the Access Point you are using? If you know them see if they can change the channel. Otherwise, you might be able to get a high powered Wireless Card for your computer which will boost your signal gain.
P.S. "refurbished dell laptop" there is your problem. The older Dells put in crappy WiFi, I should know because I have one. I just went out and bought a USB WiFi and turned the Dell WiFi off.