I have recently moved some computers around and am getting a weak signal from the router. The router is a dual antenna model from my ISP. I have the antenna's arranged so that one is broadcasting the signal across the downstairs floor, while the other antenna is sending the signal upstairs.
I am using a desktop that is wired into the router, while a second computer (a laptop) is using wireless. The laptop is the problem, because it is being moved between floors on a regular basis. Downstairs it has a strong signal because it is close to the router, but upstairs, it is running at about 50% signal strength and it is noticeable.
My desktop has an ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi edition MOBO (yes it's old I know.) I was wondering if I could use the antenna on that to strengthen the signal or create a second network through the desktop WiFi for the laptop to connect to. The P5B seems to offer plenty of options when it comes to this, but I am unsure as to which route to go with. Thanks.
I was reading up on other devices causing interference with the router. There are several other networks that can be picked up by the laptop. I checked my router and the antenna power is set to 100%. The channel selection is on Auto and it won't let me change it. It is currently using Channel 11. So at this point I think trying to boost the signal through the router is a dead end. Out of curiosity, is it possible to set up the network with the laptop feeding off the desktop while it's upstairs? I know you said it would be a weak signal, but I do not want to rule it out. Both machines sit about 6 feet away from each other with nothing between them when the laptop is upstairs. Thanks.
If I read this correctly you have a wire run from the router upstairs to desktop pc. Option 1 just put a $20 switch in upstairs and plug both your laptop and your desktop in with cable. Option 2 buy a cheap router instead of a switch and run it as a AP. You now have both wireless and wired upstairs.
The laptop was reading a 15.54 download and 10.43 upload speed upstairs, while getting 32.17 download and 7.96 upload downstairs (next to the router). I made a Windsurfer and that brought the laptop up around 20 download upstairs. I did not want the laptop to have many wires on it and I don't want to be connecting and disconnecting from two separate networks all the time. I was hoping to set something up that would act like a cellphone tower. Once a stronger signal is available, the laptop would automatically switch access points.