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Last Hussar22 Apr 2012 1:54 a.m. PST

Recently the Wifi around the house has become weak/non-existent (to the point 3G on my phone is actually faster and more reliable than trying to use wifi)

Any ideas/cures etc?


Dropzonetoe Fezian22 Apr 2012 5:17 a.m. PST

First off have you changed anything? New Wireless card perhaps or did you move the computer/wireless router somewhere else?

It might be someone is hogging your wireless if you left it open or it might be too many people in the area are using the same band and its interfering.

CPT Jake Inactive Member22 Apr 2012 5:41 a.m. PST

Do you have cordless phones or other electronics near your router? Sometimes they can interfere.

Have you (even inadvertently) changed settings on your router?

Or on how you allow your devices to 'see' the network?

Is your router secure (does someone need a password to log on to your network)? Correct answer is YES…

KatieL Inactive Member22 Apr 2012 8:33 a.m. PST

I hate to sound like a stereotypical geek, but seriously, have you tried turning it off and then on again?

It does fix way more IT problems than it actually ought to.

(I am Spam) Inactive Member22 Apr 2012 9:09 a.m. PST
Last Hussar22 Apr 2012 9:49 a.m. PST

To the best of my knowledge no settings on my password secured wfi have changed. It's just been really weak.

Came up to try the Roy solution, but thought I'd check the thread before doing it! Great minds…

Martin Rapier22 Apr 2012 10:37 a.m. PST

"It does fix way more IT problems than it actually ought to."

Yes, 90% or so, especially when it comes to servers and networks and any other piece of equipment left on for extended periods of time.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member22 Apr 2012 3:21 p.m. PST

I'll agree to that. Shut down and reboot – the chicken soup of IT.

the Gorb Inactive Member22 Apr 2012 7:00 p.m. PST

Download inSSIDer (it's free). It has helped me solve many simple household routing issues.

Usually it is an issue with the wireless card gone bad or a close neighbor who has set his wireless network up on the same channel you use. If that happens, you both split the same bandwidth, slowing both of you down.


Regards, the Gorb

pissant Inactive Member23 Apr 2012 8:00 p.m. PST

I just changed to channel 1; now I am no longer sharing channel 6 with eight other users; but I am sucking off four other channel 1 users; they will hate me. But my RSSI has not noticeably improved. It did drop from c. -34 on channel 6 to as low as -29 on channel 1; but now it is again at c. -34 and -35. I have slowed we five channel 1 users down.

the Gorb Inactive Member25 Apr 2012 5:09 p.m. PST

@pissant – RSSI is 'Received Signal Strength' and changing the channel should not affect it, though moving your computer would.

You definitely want to be on a channel by yourself if at all possible. Most routers default to 6. For some reason, most users choose 1. Your router should allow to choose any channel from 1 to 11.

Regards, the Gorb

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