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Microsoft in their wisdom gives you a pop up box usually when your wireless has a low or weak signal. This is obviously a sign things need to improve... but have you ever wondered how? - It is basically telling you that the connection isn't good enough for a reliable or good qualitly signal and therefore will give you bad performance or low speeds. Sometimes your signal for your wireless will be completely lost in certain parts of your house!
So how do we do something about this? - try these few tips and tricks below. The tips will increase the wireless range. They will also improve the overall performance as well as reliability of the wireless network.
Reposition the router to a central location in the house - For example the centre of the house.
Place the router away from any large objects or walls.
Make sure the router is raised - ie not on the floor
Place the router away from anything which is metal.
Keep it away from the Microwave!
When purchasing or speccing up your router ensure you look to upgrade the aeriel or antenna to a hi-gain ariel. If you use the standard aeirel you'll have your wireless signal directed to outside the house, with a hi-gain one it is designed to focus its signal actually at the device you want to connect to and from!
Upgrade machines wireless network adapter with a new USB version (Laptops which have built-in wireless normally contain outstanding antennas. They do not usually require to be upgraded.)
Add a wireless repeater to extend the signal range.
Change the wireless channel/frenqency to increase its signal strength. You can do that through the configuration page of the router. The computer will detect the new channel itself.
Reduce wireless interference by avoiding wireless electronics which use the 2.4GHz frequency. You should use cordless phones which use the 900MHz or 5.8GHz frequencies.
Update your firmware updates for your router through the manufacturer's website. Update your network adapter driver through the Windows Update feature of Windows 7 and Vista or visit the website www.update.microsoft.com for Windows XP.
Upgrade 802.11b devices to 802.11g or buy a new 802.11 g equipment. It is five times faster than an 802.11b device.
All sounds a bit too technical? - we can help! call us free on 0800 880 3360 and speak to a member of our support team.