Reliable and Long-Range Router!

Gateway / M-6862
April 4, 2009 at 22:55:10
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 GHz / 4093 MB
Hi,

I'm quite frustrated with my D-Link DIR-625 router. Recently, the connection between my laptop and the router has been quite unreliable. I think that's because I moved where I work with my laptop. It's frustrating because I need to connect with my university's VPN to access the library resources and I must reconnect every time the wireless connection fails. Also, normal internet is slow too. Sometimes it'd take almost a "random" amount of time to load pages. With good connection it may be less than a second, but with bad it may be up to 10-20 seconds.

The connection is perfect when I'm close to the router so it doesn't seem to be a software problem. It's possible that my Wireless N receptor isn't working properly but it seems unlikely.

Moving the router closer is not an option. So I can either get a better router or get a better wireless adapter. I'm currently using the Intel 4965N card.

So, which router has the best range and highest consistency? I'm also using a VOIP service and do not game or BT so high speed is not a requirement. My wired connection with my desktop currently gives me around 1.7MB/s, sometimes the wireless goes down to about 10KB/s.

P.S.: Does anyone know how to make the computer automatically connect to a VPN when starting up?

Thanks,

J


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April 5, 2009 at 07:20:55
The connection is perfect when I'm close to the router so it doesn't seem to be a software problem. It's possible that my Wireless N receptor isn't working properly but it seems unlikely

Combined with:

I'm currently using the Intel 4965N card.

makes me think the issue may be your hardware.

When you bought your wireless N router, I'll bet you didn't know what 802.11n wasn't standardized yet. I'd bet even more money nobody told you at the store you bought it at.

What "not yet a standard" means to you is, you can't hope to have decent interoperability between brand names. Since you have a D-Link router and an Intel wireless NIC, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if this was the issue.

But, it may not be. It could be a simple case of too much interference between your laptop and your router. By that I mean, too many walls, too much concrete or metal. How is your signal strength? Check that out and it will give you a clue as to what's going on. If your signal strength is low, then that's likely to be the issue and you may have to park your rear end and laptop closer to your router.

If that's not an option, or your connection sucks and signal strength is strong, then you may have to consider buying a wireless G router and seeing if that doesn't improve things.

Alternatively, for the very best connection possible, you could use a wired connection....if that's possible in your circumstances.


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