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Old 12-12-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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very limited internet rtl8187

I get internet with my linksys wusb54gc adapter, only within 15 feet of my router. Around the rest of the house, I get no internet whatsoever. Why is my wifi range so limited? Is rtl8187 faulty with ubuntu 8.10? Should I try ndiswrapper? Thanks.
Old 12-13-2008, 01:12 PM   #2
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1. I would certainly encourage you to try ndiswrapper. That's what I use (frankly, I was never able to get the 8187 driver to work correctly in SimplyMepis).

2. I can't imagine that "ndiswrapper" vs. "rtl8187 driver" could account for the "15 foot" limitation, however. Are you sure there's a clear line-of-sight? Does it happen with other OS's (e.g. Windows, or a different Linux?)

3. Could it be the router (for example, is it a Linksys router, or "something else"?)

4. Weird suggestion:
Try using a "Pringles" can over your antenna. No kidding - the aluminum cylinder (like an empty can of Pringles potato chips) can make a *great* booster. Try it - you might be pleasantly surprised.



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