Problem connecting via router

  sten1020 22:16 13 Feb 2008
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I have Virgin Media Cable, and bought a Netgear WPNB111 router which connects to the cable box in a first floor room, then my PC is downstairs in another room (via 2 walls) and connects wirelessly. However, I often can't get a connection, although my laptop connects ok from the same place! I sometimes finally get a connection if I disconnect the Netgear adaptor a number of times, then the light eventually flashes. Is this an adaptor problem, and would an internal adaptor card be much better?? Thank you in anticipation! Regards, Mike

  Kemistri 00:46 14 Feb 2008

"...would an internal adaptor card be much better?"

Quite probably, though not definitely. Your notebook's integral mini-PCI adapter is almost certainly more effective than a small USB adapter, though USBs are sometimes further handicapped by users who install the manufacturer's management software (they often erroneously believe that it is [a] just a driver and [b] necessary) which is typically less efficient than WZC. WZC can and should be used regardless of the format of the adapter.

A PCI card with aerial extension is more expensive than most other formats, but is usually a worthwhile investment. Double-check the encryption compatibility, which always used to be less certain than with USBs due to a higher number of older models in the marketplace -- that may have improved now.

Failing that, use a mains-carried Ethernet link via "Homeplugs". Look for the Dynamodes on Ebuyer, which are cheaper than most (particularly the over priced PCW offerings).

  dms05 11:01 14 Feb 2008

Agree about the HomePlug. You'll need a pair (one for the router and one for the remote computer). You can buy 2 for under £50 and they work really well in my son's extensive 3 floor Edwarian House with the Router top right front and the desktop bottom left rear. In the same situation WiFi doesn't even register.

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