what to do in a crowded wireless area

March 2, 2013 at 08:03:49
Specs: Linux Mint 14, 2.2ghz/2gb
What do you do to fix your wireless coverage in over crowded area? I live in a small town and apparently within the last couple years everyone has gone with wireless. There are probably close to 10 or more access points showing up on my devices. Changing channels does not help as I believe all these routers must be setup on auto channel. I change my channel to a fixed one like 11 and within a day or two its crowded again. Mine used to be auto but that's when I really had problems. 5 GHz wouldn't do much good as how do you get two nexus 7, iPod touch, and android phones to connect to it? It was so agrivating I now connect my PC via wired again.

I was thinking on buying a antenna kit on eBay to increase my routers WiFi strength. Thought is if I can't share channels if I overpower my strength it will block out others. http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/view...

Think this would help? Or a waste of time and $?

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#1
March 2, 2013 at 08:31:37
Wireless range extenders do not increase the wireless power, they only help to increase the effective range of your router if your laptop is too far away from it.

Try one by all means, but I can't say for sure that it will solve your problem.

Please note: that item on Ebay is not a range extender. It's a wireless router for using with a modem that does not have wireless capability. In other words, it converts a standard modem to wireless. It is no good to you if you already have a wireless router.

You need to buy a range extender like one of these:
http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/produ...


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#2
March 2, 2013 at 21:17:20
5 GHz wouldn't do much good as how do you get two nexus 7, iPod touch, and android phones to connect to it?

The devices you mention would have to have 5 GHz capable radios to connect. If they don't, you can't.

It was so agrivating I now connect my PC via wired again.

Wired is always going to provide better performance with higher reliability than wireless can so if you are an online gamer that's the only way to connect if you're gaming from a PC.

I hate to break it to you but if the issue you're having is interference, no other device is going to help you unless you're purchasing a 5 GHz router/AP and 5 GHz devices to go along with them. The issue, from what you say above, isn't the power of the device you own, but the number of other devices in the immediate area that are all over the 2.4GHz frequencies.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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#3
March 3, 2013 at 04:05:26
Also the item on EBay mentioned in the original post is not even a wireless router, it's an adapter kit that allows you to add a 3 antenna system to an existing router - involves drilling holes in the case of an existing router (you need to have the netgear model they stipulate) and soldering connections to the mainboard - not something for the faint hearted.

If I had the same problem then I would add 2 or 3 mains networking adapters placed next to any static items you need networking and then an access point added to another mains adapter nearest to the point at which you want your best signal to be received.

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#4
March 3, 2013 at 06:13:56
Yea it's lovely how they roll out all these wireless devices with such limited spectrum like no one else is going to have one. I knew that the tablets and phones do not have 5 ghz. Kind of hard to convert to 5Ghz :) Then once they change you won't have enough 5ghz range.

Yes I know that it is a antenna kit. I have that router that's why I was asking. There is no soldering required on my router with that kit, already looked into it. They have u.fl connectors which just mean you open the case, drill the holes, insert the new antenna, unplug the old tiny antenna and connect the new ones.

For the price I may just try the antennas.

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AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.21ghz
1.5GB DDR 3200
nVidia N6600 256mb video
Segate 500 gig sata
NEC ND-3500AG DVD R/RW


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#5
March 3, 2013 at 06:30:59
Just to reiterate:

I hate to break it to you but if the issue you're having is interference, no other device is going to help

You've stated the issue is interferance, not the power of the radio/antenna in your router (ie: low signal issue). If that's the case, a more powerful radio/antenna isn't going to make a difference as all the interferance will still be there.

If replacing (or adding another one) antenna does fix the issue, then it never was interferance and you diagnosed the issue incorrectly.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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