Dropped data packets as Linksys Wireless -G Range Extender (Model WRE54G) is moved closer to router
Posted on 2008-06-21
I am faced with a very unusual situation. Basically, I have a wireless pc on the other side of my house which depends upon a Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander to get the signal it needs to communicate with the router. Lately, we have noticed something very unusual which seems to be a function of the location of the range expander itself. First, we were experiencing frequent lost data packets from this wireless pc which depends upon the range expander. Specifically, while the signal strength was "excellent", there was limited or no connectivity with the router. When I ran a ping test to the router, I was getting anything from 50% to 75% lost data packets.
Further investigation into this situation revealed yet another unusual problem. If the wireless range expander was placed in the middle of the house, thus, being closer to the router, there was not any dropped data packets to the router and internet. However, the signal strength this time was "very low". Logically, should there be more dropped data packets in incidences were there is low or very low signal strength? And, in sharp contrast to this, should there be more successful transmissions of data packets when there is excellent signal strength?
In closing, I look forward to reviewing everyone's feedback to this rather puzzling and paradoxical question.