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No Broadband. Again.

May 17th, 2008 (08:47 pm)

current mood: aggravated

Grrrr. My computer is not working and playing well with my wireless router. Again. This problem pops up pretty frequently, ever since we got broadband. This time, I've tried all the usual tricks that sometimes work, but to no avail. The other computers in the house can connect just fine. So I suspect the lack of communication has something to do with the distance (and several plaster walls) between my office and the router in the living room. We need to move it closer to me.

In the meantime, I'm on dial-up, which means I can't post the photos I wanted to post today. I'll try again later.


Posted by: dragonet2 (dragonet2)
Posted at: May 18th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
You might try

to obtain more powerful antenna. We did, plus we had a housemate for a while who figured out that the difference between our router and a more studly one was just onboard programming, not more money.

We can now get broadband on: the front porch, our living room (which is under the antenna, which is in my room/office), and pretty much all over the house including the kitchen.

We have lathe and plaster, and some of it is like screen and plaster, which is even more dense (it's a 1912 house).

The antenna helped but the juicing up also helped because there are usually at least two computers using wireless.

We're also eeeeevil because our house is wired for Cat 5, we have five or six Ethernet plug-ins around the house too.

Good luck.

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: May 19th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: You might try

Thanks for the advice! We have lath and plaster too. But I know a lot more about home construction than I do about wireless networkds. How do you add a new antenna to an old router? The old antenna seems to be pretty much integrated with the box. Can you get such an antenna at any electronics store, or do you have to order it somewhere special?

Posted by: dragonet2 (dragonet2)
Posted at: May 19th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: You might try

Ours didn't look like they were detachable but they unscrewed at the base of the antennas themselves. It's a Lynksys and we had a computer guru living with us for a bit when it was upgraded.

I think the antennas were bought at Radio Shack.

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