Wireless LAN Reception

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  1. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    OK I just "hack fitted" a Linksys WRT54G wireless PCI card into my Dell Inspiron 8200 (its a broadcom mini-PCI inside which I installed into the dell by desoldering a few connections and fitting it in) and the drivers load up and everything seems to work flawlessly....except.

    I get absolute piss-poor reception. I have to be standing right ontop of the access point/router in order to get even just a halfway signal. Walk like 3 feet away and it goes to total crap. (its the Linksys 54g router with the 4-port wired switch)

    so my question is this: does anyone know how I can improve the reception on this thing? I had to hack the factory dell antenna to actually solder it to the card instead of using the mini-coax connection included.... but I doubt that has anything to do with it since I've read previous success stories doing the same thing.

    help please? :hs:
     
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    oh and I forgot to mention this is running the linksys drivers on XP Pro /SP1
     
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    pringles can!
     
  4. mdaniel

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    Wifi reception sucks but not THAT bad. I'm going to have to guess there's a problem with your creative setup. Probably a problem with the antenna. Why did you bother with that instead of just installing a PC Card?
     
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    :werd: We setup my aunt's wireless, and her reception goes down to "very low" when she leaves the room. Still works if she's outside on her deck though, so it works :dunno:
     
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    damnit u can use a pringles can to amplify the signal!!!!
     
  7. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    ok this is all fine and dandy with the responses but anyone want to tell me HOW?! Everyplace I ask this question people are like, "try this" but they dont say HOW to do what they're telling me to do.
     
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    because I really didn't want to have the antenna sticking 3 inches out the side of the machine for me to break off....

    and because I have heard success stories from other owners of the same machine, using the same card.
     
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    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    did you download the latest drivers and firmware?
    When I updated the firmware on my wireless router I got ~2x the reception and distance. Diff brand though.
     
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    yes :hs: it still doesn't work.... I'm just gonna give up and get a PCMCIA card instead.
     

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