I have an IBM Thinkpad (model 2374-E88), and it gets poor reception of wireless network signal in parts of my house where other laptops get acceptable reception. I have tried several approaches to resolve this issue. I have tried (and failed to set up a repeater so as to expand the range of the wireless network. I have purchased wireless PC cards, which created some improvement, but not enough. I have ensured the internal wireless card driver is up to date (the latest driver was published in 2007). I downgraded the OS to SP2 from SP3, which may have improved the situation a little, but I'm not sure.
My next step may be to try replacing the internal wireless LAN card. I've never done this before, and I don't know how to go about determining which card to buy.
I would have given up a long time ago on this if it weren't for the fact that other laptops in the house get a perfectly acceptable signal in the parts of the house where the Thinkpad doesn't get a good enough signal. From that fact, I conclude that there are devices that will pick up the signal, even though it is weak.
If I can get such a device into my Thinkpad, I'll be happy. Thank you very much!
IBM Thinkpad model 2374-E88
OS = XP Pro SP2
Wireless card = 11 a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter
Driver = 22.214.171.124 5/2/2007
Manufacturer = Atheros
Wireless Router = Netgear WNR3500