Wireless works near router but not upstairs

Thomson / Speed touch 576
March 23, 2010 at 03:06:47
Specs: Windows XP
Hi please help I'm at the limit of my knowledge
here
I moved house and my wireless set up has
changed - I have a thomson speedtouch 576
wireless router and a PC upstairs, plus a
laptop. In the old house the PC was sited in the
room directly above the router and I had no
problems.
In this house which has thick walls the router
has to be on the back outside wall, with the
PC at the front of the house upstairs. The
laptop works perfectly all over the house. The
PC has a Belkin wireless adaptor and it finds
the network but the browser says cannot find
the page and that the signal is weak.
I think the router is not powerful enough to
reach the PC - I got it from AOL a few years
ago. AOL have been useless - should I ask
them for a more powerful router? Or do I need
to buy an extender? Or do I need a more
powerful wireless adaptor?
Any help gratefully received - my apologies if
this question has been asked before.
Many thanks
Laura

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#1
March 23, 2010 at 06:04:05
"The
laptop works perfectly all over the house."

Don't you think it's a matter of the PCs wireless card?


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#2
March 23, 2010 at 06:16:38
I don't know - since I posted the question I moved a filing cabinet and I was
able briefly (for about 20 minutes) able to go on the Internet although the
signal was weak. It's not available now although the laptop next to it has no
problems!
Would a newer wireless card make a big difference? I've currently got a
Nvidia nforce 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet adapter installed.

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#3
March 23, 2010 at 06:42:48
Have you tried updating the drivers for your wireless adapter?

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#4
March 23, 2010 at 06:58:55
Yep, you should try to upgrade wireless adapter driver and also router firmware by checking on vendor websites.

The other option is to reposition that router until it can give good coverage to both computers. You can also check out this slow wireless network speed article to have more ideas.


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#5
March 23, 2010 at 07:07:32
If you place the laptop, where the desktop pc is placed, and it works fine over wireless connection, the problem is most likely, the driver, or the wireless card of the desktop itself, as stated above.

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#6
March 23, 2010 at 07:10:45
Just done that now, still not connecting

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#7
March 23, 2010 at 07:15:08
paulsep that makes sense to me, except that I read that laptop antennae are
stronger than PC's.
Also if the PC worked fine two weeks ago in the old house then the wireless
card is okay? I've updated the driver for the adapter, it seems logical to me
that I need either a stronger router (a uni-directional one?) or an extender?
Am I working this out right?
Thank you very much for all your help so far, it's helping me narrow down the
root of the problem!

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#8
March 23, 2010 at 09:10:23
It could also have to do with, where the pc is placed.
E.g.: If it's placed directly at the radiator on the floor, you may have a very week signal.
You may have to put the pc on the desk, to figure out, whether it has to do with it's place.

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#9
March 24, 2010 at 03:48:46
Is the wireless adapter on your PC an internal PCI card or is it an external USB one. If it's internal PCI card have you checked to make sure it is sitted securely and hasn't become dislodged when you moved it to your new house?

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