Laptop wireless has HORRIBLE reception in basement. Get different router, or change to USB wireless adapter?
Posted on 2006-05-05
I just installed a Netgear 802.11g wireless router in a house. I went with the Netgear because they've been pretty good and it was only $40. I also picked up an 802.11g wireless PCMCIA adapter for the notebook while I was at it.
The connection itself is fine, if you're upstairs with the laptop. However, when you're in the basement, which isn't really all that far away from the router, the connection strenght is generally very low and drops quite a bit.
So, would you reccomend I go get one of the Linksys routers with the dual antennas, or should I take back the PCMCIA card and replace it with a USB adapter?
I just want to do whichever will get me the better reception.
Oh, and I did try changing channels with the router, and according to my Pocket PC's nifty wireless scanner there are no other wireless networks around. Ah, and they don't have any 2.4 Ghz phones either. One is 5Ghz, and the other is 900Mhz.