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how to increase my laptop's wireless reception?

by preppystud / January 19, 2006 3:47 PM PST

right now, i am sitting on the balcony typing this message, because i can't get any wifi signal in my room.

so i am just wondering if there is any simple things that i can do to increase the reception?

thanks.

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increase broadcast range
by linkit / January 19, 2006 8:20 PM PST

* position your wireless router closer to the room
* make your own directional antenna (FreeAntennas.com)
* purchase a higher gain antenna for your router
* add a wireless access point to your router (WAP)
* add a wireless range extender/repeater
* purchase a stronger wireless router (MIMO wireless router)

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i forgot to ask.
by preppystud / January 20, 2006 1:15 AM PST

hi. i forgot to ask.

Happy i don't have a network at home. i am using neighbor's. i was able to get a signal in my room before, now i can't.

i thought about buying an extender, then i don't even have the dsl, so i can't install it.

is there anything like an antenna or something that i can install on the laptop to increase the receving signal? Happy

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WIreless for less?
by gary aiken / January 27, 2006 1:05 AM PST
In reply to: i forgot to ask.

Does you neighbor know your sharing? Maybe the neighbor can just move their router closer to your room or did they move it for a reason?

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(NT) (NT) Why you put the access point in the balcony?
by Melati Hitam / January 19, 2006 11:11 PM PST
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How to increase my laptop's wireless reception
by david.kanareck / January 26, 2006 9:05 PM PST

Before you spend any money, go to www.binarywolf.com/249/coffee_can_antenna.html, read the page and then email Steve at binarywolf@gmail.com. Tell him exactly your problem. You can also look at www.turnpoint.net/winloss/cantennahowto.html. I had a problem with weak and failing wireless signals for more than two years. Steve suggested a solution using paper and tinfoil (parabolic reflector) which cost me nothing, took ten minutes and I constantly and consistently get 90-100% link and signal strength

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not working
by preppystud / January 27, 2006 3:00 AM PST

those two sites that u listed don't exist.

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Delete part of the address
by phaug6173 / January 27, 2006 3:11 AM PST
In reply to: not working

Try deleting part of the URL, as follows.

Original: www.binarywolf.com/249/coffee_can_antenna.html

New: www.binarywolf.com/

This worked for me.

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The easiest thing is to call your neighboor
by Melati Hitam / January 27, 2006 3:25 AM PST
In reply to: not working

and ask them to place the Accesspoint closer to your room... this way you will not be called a thief...

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good point!
by linkit / January 27, 2006 8:47 AM PST

To PreppyStud: How do you know that your neighbor isn't snooping on your computer while you are connected?

Google: HOTSPOT EVIL TWIN

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who cares
by preppystud / January 27, 2006 11:52 AM PST
In reply to: good point!

ya. but what can a person do to my computer. i am no fbi or anything like that.

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viruses, spyware, malware
by linkit / January 27, 2006 12:20 PM PST
In reply to: who cares

A person could get a hold of your personal/confidential files. A person could log EVERYTHING YOU TYPE, including all usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, banking numbers, social security number, etc. A person could damage your software (including your operating system) so as to make it unusable.

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re:
by Ddiam2021 / March 14, 2006 9:36 AM PST

Is there anyway you can protect yourself from someone intruding your computer when on their wireless?

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You have a point.. but If I found out
by Melati Hitam / February 2, 2006 12:49 AM PST
In reply to: who cares

that someone is using or even trying to use my connection.. I just look at my network place... and start deleting or copying my virus collection files to that computer... (Yes I have collected several virus files, that I get from my quarantine folder, etc., specifically for this purpose.. nice huh??)

By the way.. if you create that can antenna etc., to get more of free signal around your neighbourhood... make sure you put it in your balcony, and turn it around to find one that have the strongest signal.

But don't blame me if a cops is knocking your door..

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not working - corrected addresses
by david.kanareck / January 27, 2006 7:16 PM PST
In reply to: not working

Whoops!! Apologies.
www.binarywolf.com/249/coffee_can_antenna.htm
www,turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html
David

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enhancement of wireless network receiption
by Radoffsayed / November 4, 2008 10:57 PM PST

I have

LENOVO LAPTOP
WINDOWS XP PROFFESIONAL

I AM CONNECTED TO A NETCAFE PROVIDER IN WHICH FAR ABT 100 METER
FROM MY HOME..

A FREIND OF MINE TOLD TO BUY A NETGEAR TYPE OF WIRELESS ADAPTER HI-FI
IT WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE USB 2.O PORT IN MY LAPTOP.. OR AS HE DID
TO HIS LAPTOP.. TO SET THIS ADAPTOR IN HIS WINDOW INSIDE A SMALL
HAMD MADE DISH THEN TO CONNECTED TO A CABLE USB TO THE LAPTOP.

PLEASE ADVISE

BEST REGARDS
SAYED

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Why all caps?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2008 11:26 PM PST

Seems you are shouting. The answer is -> Try it.

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Well this is complicated, but might be worth it
by money11465 / February 1, 2006 10:45 PM PST

Get a wireless gaming adapter, which is simply a wireless receptor which converts the signal to Ethernet. Then get a router and (making sure you use a different IP range, such as your neihbor has 192.168.1.x, you should set your DHCP as 192.168.0.x). Then set your WAN to dynamic IP (or cable internet setting) and set up the DNS Server to be your neighbor's router. I did this before, so I know it shuld work. So basically, you have a vitual DSL connection of your own complete with 4 ethernet connections and Wi-Fi capability. I am uploading a diagram to the following:
http://www.coolpics.5u.com/router_diagram.jpg
Hope you understood it!

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READ THIS FOR THE CORRECT LINK!!!
by money11465 / February 1, 2006 10:53 PM PST

The link in my last message is broken. You MUST type it in manually.

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More advantages to my idea
by money11465 / February 2, 2006 9:08 AM PST

I came up with a few advantages to my idea. You could have an encrypted connection on your router (much safer) and use its firewall and "block ping from WAN side" function to protect yourself from your neighbor who might want to give you a virus and other intruders. Also, you have a more secure connection anyway. Finally, make sure to block his IP range with your router (except for his actual router) and you're good to go!

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All those trouble might work until
by Melati Hitam / February 2, 2006 1:57 PM PST

the accesspoint is move or turn off by the owner. and you are end up having several useless hardware.

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but there r so many unencrypted networks around!
by money11465 / February 6, 2006 8:13 PM PST

True, but there are so many wireless networks nowadays and so few who know how to encrypt them Happy

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Wireless Reception. Share the Wealth!
by TheSabKiller / March 1, 2006 12:11 AM PST

At this point in time - there are a lot of people getting wireless routers in their homes for the convenience. No Wires! I know women who have paid for Cable internet for YEARS and never installed it because they hate all the cables! Then , when they get the router at Best Buy they get frustrated attempting to secure the network. It does not make sense to encrypt these systems just so someone who is paying for it does not feel cheated. So it is open - and why not? Now their kids and friends can come over and work with them on their laptops - say at a poetry party, study group, porn hunt, etc.

There are whole towns that now have wireless access for free, there are hundreds of access points around NYC, San Francisco will have an open system soon.

So anyhow - if you are paying for your internet service and are too cheap to share the wealth take a few minutes and secure the system - the process is free! You make a choice to share it when you do not proceed to secure it.

I doubt that you will notice any difference in the speed of your connection after encryption - in fact it will probably be as slow as if a hundred people were logged on in a bittorrent client, due to the strains of encryption - and you will have the constant inconvenience of identifying yourself and your approved users to the access point.

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