lauramath 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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