My set up is very similar, going catercorner through house from 2nd to
The wireless router works OK but I have a 2nd machine belonging to a
consulting client that required hard wiring as they do not trust
security of wireless network. Since it was on the clients dime, I
hired our provider, Comcast, to string the ethernet cable figuring it
would be a convoluted affair and take a few hours at $30/hour. It was
but to my surprise it only took 1 hour and the $30 charge included
price of wiring.
You didn't indicate whether the WiFi card for the PC is in a slot on
the motherboard, or external. Internal cards don't have quite the
range external antennae do - so one solution might be to get a USB
wireless antenna that could be mounted up above the PC on the wall or
Another possibility is to get a commercial-grade antenna for the
router/access point, which could boost the signal.
Finally, if you are adventurous enough or have the geek skills, you
could replace the firmware of your router with Tomato (http://
www.polarcloud.com/tomato) or one of the other third-party, open-
source firmwares (http://lifehacker.com/software/router/hack-attack -
turn-your-60-router-into-a-600-router-178132.php) that allow you to
boost the signal of your wireless. Mind you, it's not possible for all
wireless routers, but it's well worth a shot. We did this with the
router at my church, and were able to get signal through three thick
granite walls without danger of burning out the antenna or unit.
Is the card the same brand as the router? Is the router on the same
channel as the houses next door, and across the street?
Try re-seating the card and changing the router to a non default
channel number. Sees if that helps.
Cat5 is always the better option, if it works best for you.
If it is a desk top, you can install gain antenna.
In my house router is in the main floor and wireless convers basement
and upstairs and sun room in the back of the house. Also some routers
have an adjustable transmitter output or you can try different channel
as well. There is high power routers too.
Or just use a USB wireless adapter on a usb extention cord and put the
adapter where you get the strongest signal in the upstairs room. I
have seen the signal go from "very week" to "very strong" in less than
10 feet. (get out of the shadow of a steel beam, chimney, or whatever)
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