Wireless and XP/Vista Problem

By troedel ·
Ever since we upgraded to XP SP2 and Vista our wireless signal strength went from "Exelent" to "Good". We even relocated the wireless router right next to a system and still could not get higher than "Good" for a signal strength. Has anyone else experienced this and do you have any suggestions for a fix?

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Some Basic RF Lessons

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Wireless and XP/Vista Pro ...

The closer that a Transceiver is to the receiving device the less likely you are to get a good signal this is because of the way that Radio Waves in the WiFi range are transmitted. You'll get an overload to the Receiver with quite a few Ghosts from reflections off other surfaces.

You really don't need to worry about the signal strength provided that the unit is still working properly but if you are getting Drop outs I would be looking at moving the Transceiver WiFi access point further away from the receiving stations than closer.

Radio Signals travel in Waves so by having the transceiver or in your case the WiFi Router too close the areal in the NB's may not be in a direct line of sight with the shape of the wave and only picking up a small section of the wave. What you need to do is look at the Frequency that the WiFi Access point is transmitting at then calculate the Wave Length of the Wireless signal and then site the receiving stations at least the length of one wave length away from the router. If they are closer or further away you'll get a loss in signal strength but as this doesn't matter if the units are working properly it's really a non issue.


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signal strength

by stud_man50 In reply to Wireless and XP/Vista Pro ...

I know this old, but I just got vista ultimate, and i can have my brand new HP DV9000 right next to my linksys router, and only get a 60% signal... I guess ill wait for the first service pack to fix this error. its probably just displaying it wrong..

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