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Old 09-12-2016, 09:09 AM   #16
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I found this on an Ubuntu forum. Does it mean anything with regard to my situation? It is from 2012 which means the information is dated.

https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1970794

It sounds like this is way overkill for the situation I'm dealing with here! How could it be so difficult to get a wireless adapter attached??
 
Old 09-12-2016, 09:22 AM   #17
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You reported it working, your lsmod output looks fine. What are you trying to do now? Is there another problem you are trying to solve?
 
Old 09-12-2016, 04:37 PM   #18
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The problem is that even with the wireless adapter working the signal is still not improved. Whether the computer is on the internal adapter or the external adapter, if I am a distance from the router (but still in my house) the signal just does not strengthen. The wifi icon is at the lower "arcs" regardless which adapter I am using. Any idea what could be wrong? I'm beginning to think this external wireless adapter isn't going to work for me. And yet others absolutely swear by it! Any ideas?
 
Old 09-12-2016, 04:42 PM   #19
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Nearby strong signal can suppress your useful signal. Do you have many wireless networks around?
 
Old 09-12-2016, 04:50 PM   #20
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In my neighborhood, yes. Is that what you mean? So is this not going to be a workable solution?
 
Old 09-12-2016, 05:31 PM   #21
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Does it work at all?

What is the distance from your router and what type of structure lies in between?
 
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If your neighborhood is saturated with nearby wireless networks the only viable solution may be using directional antennas on both access point and client side.
 
Old 09-12-2016, 06:36 PM   #23
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Yes, it works but I would say it works no better than the internal adapter. I'm on a porch on the side of my house and the router is just above me, upstairs. The wall on the porch is brick and the walls on the house overall are wood paneled. Brick may make it tough for a signal to penetrate. However, I think there is something else going on that is keeping the wireless adapter from catching a good signal.

Can you explain to me what directional antennas mean by the access point and client side? I've always just had a straight router. The signal is very good when I'm in the immediate vicinity of the router. Thanks for your helpful comments! This is just frustrating...
 
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Hmh ... directional antennas help if there is some distance between AP and client, this seems not to be the case.
 
Old 09-12-2016, 07:03 PM   #25
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Yes, it works but I would say it works no better than the internal adapter. I'm on a porch on the side of my house and the router is just above me, upstairs. The wall on the porch is brick and the walls on the house overall are wood paneled. Brick may make it tough for a signal to penetrate. However, I think there is something else going on that is keeping the wireless adapter from catching a good signal.

Can you explain to me what directional antennas mean by the access point and client side? I've always just had a straight router. The signal is very good when I'm in the immediate vicinity of the router. Thanks for your helpful comments! This is just frustrating...
Hi...

This may not be an issue with your wireless adapters but rather the router. Here are some articles that deal with improving your router's range...

http://corporate.comcast.com/comcast...e-wi-fi-signal

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-tips-...reless-router/

https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussi...-setup-254361/

http://www.howtogeek.com/180235/how-...uter-problems/

Regards...
 
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The transmit power of the router is probably only around 100mw so it gets attenuated quickly if there is dense stuff in between. In a nutshell a directional antenna on the client will increase the signal strength by concentrating the router's signal and rejecting anything else that it is not pointed at.

I believe the adapter is already high gain and a higher transmit power. Maybe the router's transmitter is getting weak. Clear Line of sight will maximize signal.

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Old 09-12-2016, 09:03 PM   #27
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The router isn't getting weak because it's brand new! We recently moved so I have a completely new installation. But the router is on the floor in my upstairs office so it does not have a central location as recommended in those articles. My wife is big on the appearance of her home and she doesn't like having electronic equipment out in the open! That makes it tough to have an unobstructed location that's accessible to the rest of the house. I think a lot of people feel this way which is why routers are often tucked away in home offices.

Is there a command or location where I can determine the strength of my router's output? I think it is pretty good but it's not directional--it doesn't have an antenna. Is the general consensus that I shouldn't give up yet on the wireless adapter? I was thinking of taking it back since it's been so much trouble. I appreciate all this very helpful and useful information! Thank you!
 
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I hate wireless and keep everything wired, but at some point I had to give in and set up an AP, after messing with el-cheapo routers in bridge mode I got Ubiquiti Networks Enterprise AP Unifi - UAP(US) for $60 from Amazon. It works. Your wife may even let you to install it in open, it looks sleek.
 
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Depends on make/model but typically the default firmware/user interface does not have the capability to monitor/change transmit power. The router does have an antenna(s), there located inside the unit.

Location and clear line of sight have a significant impact on signal strength. If the signal can not get out then it may not matter what you have on the other end.

If there is a window in the office move the router as close as you can get (for testing purposes) and see what happens to the signal.
 
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I appreciate all this very helpful and useful information! Thank you!
You're welcome, I hope you find a resolution to your issue.

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