More Memory Required?

  anniel 13:44 30 Dec 2004

Husband is connected to internet via our wireless connection. Our signal strength is nearly always low, due to being in a basement flat with very thick walls.

However, I seem to sail along compared to him.

He has a Dell Dimension and is running XP Pro with 384MB Ram.

He really does not have lots of applications nor a long startup list. He just surfs a few sites, but the PC is so slow.


Defragged; Ran Spy Bot, Ran AdAware, SpywareBlaster.

Is it just the poor strength of the Network connection, or is the size of the RAM affecting the performance of the PC? I had wondered if you need more RAM for Windows XP Pro.

I have to say I am a bit disillusioned with the wireless network business and we are seriously thinking of getting him his own ISP. He would only need a 512 speed and I would think he could get one for about £20 pm.

However, I would like some opinion /advice about the slow browsing and whether anything can be done to help it.

  AndySD 13:52 30 Dec 2004

I suspect its just the connection. Which wireless router are you using as some allow you to attach an arial to boost the signal.

  anniel 14:10 30 Dec 2004

We have a Netgear WGR 614 54g Mbps, plus husband has
a Netgear W111 54 Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 adapter on his machine.

I had read somewhere about this aerial booster business, but am not sure whether our router is suitable for this.

Any advice?

  AndySD 16:00 30 Dec 2004

No it cant take an arial sorry. But have you tried moving the router to a different place to see if this improves reception in the other room.

  checho 16:25 30 Dec 2004

XP needs 256 mb so he has enough. Look at Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl +Alt+Del). Select processes and see what processes are using more memory. If that looks o.k. the problem must be with the router and walls.

  User-312386 16:28 30 Dec 2004

however, 512 is the recommeneded

  anniel 16:50 30 Dec 2004

We have tried the router in different places in our hallway, but not much joy.

I am torn between getting a better router, say a Linksys, if that would all allow a better aerial, or telling husband to get his own direct connection!! I guess I have no guarantee if I replace the router that the signal would be much improved!

We could wait until we tear up the carpets to replace them with wood and then go for a direct connection sharing, but it may be a long wait!

I already pay £35 per month to Homechoice for my connection, which is expensive as I do not use the video service. I have thought we could both have our own separate Plusnet connections for about the same price as I pay for Homechoice.

I have stayed with HC because they have a reliable service with a local phone number for technical help and they are very good to deal with.

  dan 11 17:07 30 Dec 2004

I am using the eqivelent belkin product to the netgear WG111 click here

This comes with a 1 to 1.5 metre cable and a caddy to hold the usb 2.0 device. The idea being you can position the dongle to get the best signal. I get a constant 4 bars, signal strenght, over a 100metre clear range. But of course you live in a basement flat so signal strenght must be difficult.

The point being, does yours plug straight in to the machine or does it have a usb2.0 extention cable with here

  AndySD 17:14 30 Dec 2004

click here and have a read first. I am sure I have seen signal boosters arround as well. I will have a look.

  anniel 17:19 30 Dec 2004

The Adapter husband uses does have about 4ft of cable so he can move it around a bit. It is a USBB connection.

I just looked at his connection and the signal strength is low..2Mbps.

Mine also shows Low signal strength, but is 54Mbps.

I do not understand it!!

  dan 11 21:45 30 Dec 2004

I think as AndySD says "But have you tried moving the router to a different place to see if this improves reception in the other room" or move your husbands PC a bit nearer to the router.

A low signal strength of 2Mb does not always mean a very poor download rate. Have your husband open this click here? to find his current speed.

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