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How to increase wireless signal strength?


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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.

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I have cancelled the order for the new USB wireless adapter. I realized that when I first got this computer I bought a 15' ethernet cable. I've disabled the wireless card and connected the ethernet cable placing it in such a way that I wont trip over it.

My pages load more quickly. Obviously download speed has not changed. Wont know now if it was a poor wireless card. Think it was and that was why I got a long ethernet cable in the first place.

Many thanks everyone for your comments and advice, they were much appreciated and I've been on a learning curve.

Kind regards - Borderview.

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Cannot get the green tick to colour green. Oh well.

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