wireless signal to weak for large data

January 20, 2013 at 17:47:20
Specs: Windows 7
Hi

For my network the way it is setup is one building has the 2 main servers. simple wireless router and a few laptop that connect to it. a Wii and some other devices, all of them share media etc with no issue. Internet is not a problem either.

One of the servers has a PCI wireless card and connects to another network.
(network2)

network 2 is able to share and play all the media off the service lets say 80% of the time. It also has a different internet provider and internet connection is not a problem

but the wireless signal strength is low , (2 bars) or -55 to -82 it seams to jump around at.

If you try to stream or play too much media it freezes on you. or if 2 devices on network 2 try to play something it freezes as well
sometimes though when the signal is good -55 ish there is no issues.

There is alot of wireless traffic in the area, i cant change that. and dont really want to buy a ranger extender or something $20 is what I have for parts if anything.


if I were to put a 2nd wireless card in server 2 would this help anything? or Server 1 even


Also both the wireless router on network 2 and the pci card on server 2 are physically as close as hey can get. S

thanks


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#1
January 20, 2013 at 17:52:59
Did you try a different wireless channel?

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#2
January 20, 2013 at 18:06:05
It's surprising maybe but sometimes moving the router or computer just a few inches can lift the signal strength up quite a lot - probably due to standing waves and antenna impedances.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
January 21, 2013 at 04:41:03
I would advise you change the router Channel number, put wireless devices that use 5GB mps to communicate far from the router and always make sure you turn it(router) off when the network is not in use.


Thanks.


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#4
January 21, 2013 at 07:29:25
One of the servers has a PCI wireless card and connects to another network.
(network2)

You've already stated the one network is "setup is one building" so I'm wondering if the 2nd network is in a different building or on the other side of a concrete wall or something like that?

Things like concrete walls can interfere very much with signal strength so I need to know where this 2nd network is in relation to the server connected to it.

if I were to put a 2nd wireless card in server 2 would this help anything? or Server 1 even

Simply put, no. First, let's figure out what's going on before attempting to do anything about it. I can tell you right now though, adding a second wireless NIC to this server isn't going to help.

If you try to stream or play too much media it freezes on you. or if 2 devices on network 2 try to play something it freezes as well sometimes though when the signal is good -55 ish there is no issues.

I've said this before and I'll have to go on saying it until I retire from computing completely or I die.

Wireless sucks!

Wireless is a convenience and as such has certain limitiing factors. It's inherently susceptible to lag and latency. Performance-wise, it can never compare to a wired solution.

What this means to you as the end user is, when you're streaming video, it's likely to be choppy from time to time. The more heavily used the WLAN is, the worse it's going to get for everybody. So, if you're trying to stream video via wireless from said server and several other people are too at the very same time, it's going to suck mightily for everyone.

The whole issue you're having could simply be that you are using wireless and trying to stream video and who knows what all else at the same time.

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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#5
January 21, 2013 at 15:23:50
Hi

I should have mention I tried the basics
Wireless channel change, (even checked to see what was being used around me)
moved the computer around etc.

I as wondering if a 2nd wireless connection would do anything.


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#6
January 22, 2013 at 07:14:40
I as wondering if a 2nd wireless connection would do anything

Sure it would, your wireless could then suck in duplicate instead of singly. That's me being sarcastic which you've earned by completely ignoring my requests for information.

How about you go back, reread my previous response and then answer the questions I put in there. Then we can (hopefully) help you find a way to get this working properly.

If you don't respond, we can't help.

Oh and to answer this last question, no, it won't help if what I think is happening is happening. But, I won't know unless you supply some answers to my questions.

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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