How to increase wireless signal strength?

  Border View 14:08 02 Oct 12

My OS is Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) On a desktop computer with a wireless card inbuilt. My ISP is o2. I have o2's wireless router called Technicolour. My router is situated about 10 feet away from the desktop, yet my signal strength is only fair. Two bars, sometimes three, out of a possible five.

How do I increase the signal strength? My router syncs at about 2.9 Mbps and my download speed shows 2.4 Mbps. It has been known to drop to 0.3 Mbps and 1.5 Mbps.

Your help would be appreciated.

  Zak 14:24 02 Oct 12

Moving the position of the router may help. Otherwise I would connect using the ethernet cable. Normally some loss of signal strength using a wireless connection.

  Zak 14:27 02 Oct 12


What speed can you get using the ethernet cable; perhaps the drop in speed is due to congestion or some other factor, such as electrical devices being switched on.

  Woolwell 14:29 02 Oct 12

Try changing the wireless channel and see if that makes a difference.

  Border View 14:29 02 Oct 12

I've turned the tower around so that the aerial is pointing towards the router. Moved various wires to they are not blocking any signal and now have four bars. Connection via ethernet not really an option.

Are there drivers for a wireless card?

  Woolwell 15:18 02 Oct 12

If it is working then you do not need to change the drivers. Your problem is a frequent one with towers as the tower itself can block the signal. Have you tried changing channels?

  woodchip 15:40 02 Oct 12

It may just be the Wireless card is a poor one, Try using a Wireless USB dongle after turning off the Wireless in your Laptop

  Woolwell 17:20 02 Oct 12

woodchip - it's a desktop.

  Border View 21:25 02 Oct 12

Thank you all for responding. How do I change channels please.

  Woolwell 21:27 02 Oct 12
  woodchip 22:20 02 Oct 12

it still applies, laptop or desktop. try a USB wireless dongle

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