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Signal Strength With Router

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I recently bought a WRV200 with range boost technology to replace my old router WRT54G. Previously the signal strength for the WRT54G on the 3rd floor on one of the desktops that was connected to it was low to very low although my laptop, located on the 3rd floor as well, had a very good to excellent signal strength. The card on the desktop is a cheap linksys usb network adapter. My question is if I get a desktop card with rangeboost technology should that fix my signal strength or should i get a repeater?
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by:rindi
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Probably all you need to do is get a better antenna for the Desktop or an extension cable so you can place the desktop's antenna at a better location.
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Just realized it is a USB adapter. Get a USB extension cable so you can place the adapter at a location that has better reception.
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I have a USB extension that came with the card but for some reason the desktop doesn't like it to much. It's a older computer (no high-speed usb port) and it won't fuction with the extension cable for some reason.
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Try another cable, and maybe put an externally powered USB HUB in between.
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Since the external hub is about 40.00 and the upgraded network card is 70.00 would the upgraded card with MIMO technology be the better choice? Wouldn't that actually give me much better signal strength?
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Often it is a question of the location where the antenna is, and not so much the hardware itself. Of course I'd get a PCI Wireless card, not necessarily of mimo type. With PCI cards you can screw the antenna off and place it at the best location with an extension cable, or replace it with an antenna that yields a higher gain. I'd also get a USB2 PCI adapter so you also get high USB since you'd have to open the box anyway.
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