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Weak WiFi signal from router

SithSolo1

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Just got a referb E2000.

The router is in one end of the house and the wireless-N blu-ray player is in the other. I'd say roughly 60ft with 6-8 walls in between. Zero signal to the player which I guess is understandable.

However, the Wii that is 2 rooms over so about 20ft and 2 walls gets 1 bar. That just seems bad imo.

Is this normal?
Should I send it back?
 

JackMDS

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"60ft with 6-8 walls in between".

Any Router will "S**k". under this condition. Wireless was Not designed to go through 6-8 walls.

Get one, or more Wireless Routers, lay a cable out of the main Router's room to one or two central location in the house and install the secondary Wireless Routers as an Access Point.

Using a Wireless Router as a switch with an Access Point - http://www.ezlan.net/router_AP.html



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SithSolo1

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"60ft with 6-8 walls in between".

Any Router will "S**k". under this condition. Wireless was Not designed to go through 6-8 walls.
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Yeah, I already knew that. I was more concerned about the 1 bar @ 20ft and 2 walls.
 

Mr.Wolfclaw

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Well that was informative.
:p

If you look around the number of people including myself that have had major issues with the E series due to poor wireless signal/performance and buggy firmware.
 

wirednuts

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maybe throw ddwrt on it and play with the radio mW settings. i know my old netgear was crap until i actually lowered the radio power down to like 40mW i think. then the reach and reliability shoots way up... might just be my specific model though.
 

JackMDS

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maybe throw ddwrt on it and play with the radio mW settings. i know my old netgear was crap until i actually lowered the radio power down to like 40mW i think. then the reach and reliability shoots way up... might just be my specific model though.
The Scientific explanation.

What the Signal Strength Bars mean in Wireless hardware?

http://www.ezlan.net/wbars.html


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Mr.Wolfclaw

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I'm happy your e4200 is working, your in a exclusive group.

I tried various firmware for the E4200, official, DD-WRT, Tomato and although the later two improved performance, a lot of features still didn't work, 5ghz N, USB, media streaming and the like which I purchased the E4200 to do and have now replaced with a Netgear WNDR3700 and not looked back.
 

imagoon

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There was a batch of "E series" units with bad radios. However the other things to try is switching channels. You may have a lot of interference around you such as other networks, baby monitors, security systems, phones etc. They can seriously wreck performance. To give you reference... around my area in the last 2 years about 8 new "2WIREXXX" and other misc named networks have appeared. I personally just pulled cable to get decent performance only 80 feet away.
 

JackMDS

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LOL, what a big to do for a $35 (free shipping) piece of plastic with few Oz of silicone and metal.

5 BigMac's type of meals for the same money do much more damage and go down the drain in few hours to begin with.

:colbert: - :'( - D: - o_O - :p

Just a little perspective.



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