A Depressingly Accurate Portrayal of Your Home’s Wi-Fi Signal Strength

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    Dec 10, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    It seems like unless you've assembled a giant broadcast antenna in the middle of your house, or filled every room with a repeater, your Wi-Fi signal strength always sucks. Oh, except for that bizarre sweet spot in your backyard. But your neighbor's router? It apparently has no trouble broadcasting halfway around the world at full strength


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  • kevmoran

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    Dec 10, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    I think it's time to upgrade your router past 2002!
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    Dec 10, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    I've got both computers hardwired. The only thing that uses wireless is my cellphone, and that's just to download my work schedule when it's emailed to me.
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    Dec 10, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    I wanna cry. I can't deal with all that. Just make it work!
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    Dec 11, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    charlitos saidIt seems like unless you've assembled a giant broadcast antenna in the middle of your house, or filled every room with a repeater, your Wi-Fi signal strength always sucks. Oh, except for that bizarre sweet spot in your backyard. But your neighbor's router? It apparently has no trouble broadcasting halfway around the world at full strength


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    Your neighbor clearly has a Mac Airport Extreme.. cancel your cable modem and just use their signal.
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    Dec 11, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    Hmm, I've not experienced this. My fiber optic internet wifi is awesome.
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    I have a pretty good wifi cloud around the hacienda (older airport with one express as a booster in the barn.) But I did notice last summer, when I had my boat on stands in the yard, the laptop got a far stronger signal inside the boat than outside. Maybe the signal was somehow boosted by being plugged into the boat's instruments? Maybe being ten feet up in the air had something to do with it. Dunno. Voodoo.
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    This is so fucking true! I can't get a WiFi signal for shit inside the house in my first floor garden room. But, two door down, across the street, and two more doors down at the Muni stop??? 4 FUCKING BARS OUT OF 5!!!!
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI've got both computers hardwired. The only thing that uses wireless is my cellphone, and that's just to download my work schedule porn when it's emailed to me.


    Fixed.
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    Dec 11, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    hahahahaha

    mmm geek humor
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    Dec 11, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    A hard-wired network with a good switch is the way to go. Unfortunately, ISPs do low cost gear. Sometimes changing the channel, or the polarization, will make a big difference.
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    Dec 11, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    I think you're all reading that wrong. I don't think it's referring to your router and your neighbor's router. I think it's saying your router works better at the neighbor's house and he is using it.
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    Dec 11, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    I dunno, we have excellent signal strength everywhere in our place, including the outside balcony. I can even sit on an outside bench along the river, 1 floor down and about 120 feet away, and still use my WiFi.

    The router supports 7 WiFi devices and 1 wired.

    - 2 iPads
    - 2 iPhones
    - 1 iMac
    - 1 MacBook Pro
    - 1 HP printer
    - 1 iMac via ethernet
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    Dec 11, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    My personal peeve is having to change the channel on the router constantly in order to get the best signal for my downloads.

    Wired ain't an option.
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    Dec 11, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidI dunno, we have excellent signal strength everywhere in our place, including the outside balcony. I can even sit on an outside bench along the river, 1 floor down and about 120 feet away, and still use my WiFi.

    The router supports 7 WiFi devices and 1 wired.

    - 2 iPads
    - 2 iPhones
    - 1 iMac
    - 1 MacBook Pro
    - 1 HP printer
    - 1 iMac via ethernet


    - 1 iPad mini
    - 2 iPhones
    - 1 MacBook Pro
    - 2 Apple TVs
    - 2 PCs
    - 1 XBOX 360
    - 1 Wii U
    - 1 Nest thermostat
    - 1 Stereo System
    - 1 Samsung Smart TV
    - 1 Printer


    I win bitch


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    Dec 11, 2012 7:39 PM GMT
    not_superman saidTech-Geek Fight!

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    love it! icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 11, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
    charlitos said
    ART_DECO saidI dunno, we have excellent signal strength everywhere in our place, including the outside balcony. I can even sit on an outside bench along the river, 1 floor down and about 120 feet away, and still use my WiFi.

    The router supports 7 WiFi devices and 1 wired.

    - 2 iPads
    - 2 iPhones
    - 1 iMac
    - 1 MacBook Pro
    - 1 HP printer
    - 1 iMac via ethernet


    - 1 iPad mini
    - 2 iPhones
    - 1 MacBook Pro
    - 2 Apple TVs
    - 2 PCs
    - 1 XBOX 360
    - 1 Wii U
    - 1 Nest thermostat
    - 1 Stereo System
    - 1 Samsung Smart TV
    - 1 Printer




    I win bitch




    - 2 imacs
    - macbook
    - iPad
    - iPhone
    - apple TV
    - 2 printers
    - 2 stereos
    - RAID
    - DVR
    - Satellite box
    - 4 ion chromatographs (PC boxes)
    - 4 gas chromatographs (PC boxes)
    - electron microscope (mac mini)
    - weather station
    - 2 security cameras (when they work)
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    Dec 11, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    not_superman saidTech-Geek Fight!

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    Finally, someone came up with something other than a Diva Fight... now you and Clay can square off. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 11, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    It's all on the same network. So it counts.

    Oh, damn. I forgot the ICP-AES
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    Dec 11, 2012 8:36 PM GMT
    lol your gona laugh but my best reception is on my laptop when im in the bathroom...
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    Dec 11, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    Neighbors are born to be abused... just sayin
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    Dec 11, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    Upgrading to an 802.11n WiFi router solved all our range problems. My bedroom went from barely usable to moderate signal strength. The speedtest app on my bedroom iPad kicks back upload and download speeds in the 15,000 kbps range, which is 25% of what I get on my PC, which has a wired connection into the same router.
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    Dec 11, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    not_superman said
    How did you discover that?


    I bet it started one hour prior with a bean heavy Mexican dish.
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    Dec 11, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    paradox saidUpgrading to an 802.11n WiFi router solved all our range problems. My bedroom went from barely usable to moderate signal strength. The speedtest app on my bedroom iPad kicks back upload and download speeds in the 15,000 kbps range, which is 25% of what I get on my PC, which has a wired connection into the same router.


    Your router is trying to tell you to stop using your bedroom for your internet connecting and use it to get laid!icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 11, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidIt's all on the same network. So it counts.

    Oh, damn. I forgot the ICP-AES

    Is yours a residential or business/educational setting? The thread title was HOME WiFi signal strength. If yours is not residential, then charlitos wins the most connections. (Though I'm not sure how this became a competition. I just mentioned mine as an example of WiFi successfully supporting multiple home devices)