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WiFi Woes: Adapters Part 2

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Yesterday, in part 1 of our tip about adapters can improve WiFi reception, we looked at steps to improve your signal reception. Today, we check out a few more ways.

If you have a computer with a PCi adapter and antenna, sometimes the adapter allows for its antenna to be unscrewed. You can tell if you have one, because it sticks out at the back of your PC. The antennas are usually shaped like the ones in this picture:

If this is what your setup looks like, purchase a larger antenna and replace the one you currently use. Antenna replacements are relatively cheap, so this trick is always worth a shot!

If you don’t have a PCi adapter — for example, your network adapter is built-in to your computer — purchasing one and installing it in your PC may help direct the WiFi signals better and get a better signal from the router. Refer to the user’s manual of the adapter you purchase for installation instructions, and make sure you have PCi slot free for it to fit in. They look like this:

But this doesn’t really do much for you if you’re a laptop owner, or if you ran out of PCi slots, or if you’re not so keen on opening up your PC to install hardware. In which case, try a USB adapter — they plug into a USB port like every other device and receive internet data through it. Even better, you can get USB adapters that are on the end of ‘cradles’, which means you can place the adapter somewhere closer to the router and have the data come through the wire to your PC! You can also find wireless antennas that plug into USB ports to help improve signal.

If nothing so far has helped the signal, or you’re sure your adapter and positioning is fine, then it’s time to take a look at the router. Next time, we’ll see what kind of options you have with your router.

~ Simon

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