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    We have a Netgear DG834G Router. It must be about 5 years old but still works fine.
    The problem is that we either get no signal or a very poor one in lounge and kitchen and it's not that big a house (bungalow with "thin walls") The router is in a bedroom as that's where the phone socket is and the signal in all 3 bedrooms is very good.

    Wondering if anyone one could advise if it is possible to boost the signal in any way?

    Pls ......don't baffle me with science tho ..lol

    Thanks,
    LL

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    Newer WiFi routers use better technology that should boost the signal. Although you may be required to buy USB WiFi Adapters to make use of technology (eg. 802.11n).

    Your other option is Power Over Ethenet, commonly called Homeplugs. It will probably be cheaper and easier setting up Homeplugs and it would completely remove the dependence you have now on having a good signal.

    or u could upgrade the aerial it may not be the router thats the problem but whatever device you are using may not be strong enough

    Original Poster

    Newer WiFi routers use better technology that should boost the signal. … Newer WiFi routers use better technology that should boost the signal. Although you may be required to buy USB WiFi Adapters to make use of technology (eg. 802.11n). Your other option is Power Over Ethenet, commonly called Homeplugs. It will probably be cheaper and easier setting up Homeplugs and it would completely remove the dependence you have now on having a good signal.



    Thanks for info..will research Homeplugs.

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    nightstud

    or u could upgrade the aerial it may not be the router thats the problem … or u could upgrade the aerial it may not be the router thats the problem but whatever device you are using may not be strong enough



    tnx nightstud..but how do I go about upgrading the ariel on the router pls?

    this could be worth a punt for £6.29 mixed reviews
    amazon.co.uk/gp/…5AS
    there are more expensive with great reviews but for the price youd be better of with a new router
    i actually have have the same router as yours v3 my aerial broke and i replaced it your welcome to give my replacement a ago if you like ive not had any problems always good strength in my flat.

    Original Poster

    nightstud

    this could be worth a punt for £6.29 mixed reviews … this could be worth a punt for £6.29 mixed reviews http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001H0GGZ0/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=103612307&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000SVZJ2A&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=031407KQKTYP4RDP35ASthere are more expensive with great reviews but for the price youd be better of with a new routeri actually have have the same router as yours v3 my aerial broke and i replaced it your welcome to give my replacement a ago if you like ive not had any problems always good strength in my flat.



    Tnx nightstud, reviews seem more problematic with Netgear routers but as u say worth a punt ... I can always return it. Will let u know how it goes.

    ok no worries like i said though you could try mine first ill send it to you free of charge and if it dont work just post it back if it does just gives a couple of quid or something its up to you offers there.

    is your router near anything highly reflective, ie glass, mirror or in the corner of a room?

    also is the router centrally located in the house, not nearer one end or the other?

    Edited by: "Alfonse" 19th Sep 2010

    Try sticking 'poor wireless signal in house' into google and see if anything helps from there, this was the first one I read, obviously not all answers suit everyone but I dare say one of the threads will lead to the answer.

    blogs.technet.com/b/s…spx

    Original Poster

    nightstud

    ok no worries like i said though you could try mine first ill send it to … ok no worries like i said though you could try mine first ill send it to you free of charge and if it dont work just post it back if it does just gives a couple of quid or something its up to you offers there.



    Hi nightstud, sorry I misunderstood your post and assumed u were using the replacement u bought. Would be happy to try it and will pm my addy. Tnx very much

    Original Poster

    Alfonse

    is your router near anything highly reflective, ie glass, mirror or in … is your router near anything highly reflective, ie glass, mirror or in the corner of a room?also is the router centrally located in the house, not nearer one end or the other?


    Hi, no to the first two q's. Not centrally located either...it's in a bedroom as thats where the main telephone point comes into house and yes at that end of house no probs getting signal. Tnx

    Original Poster

    greg_68

    Try sticking 'poor wireless signal in house' into google and see if … Try sticking 'poor wireless signal in house' into google and see if anything helps from there, this was the first one I read, obviously not all answers suit everyone but I dare say one of the threads will lead to the answer.http://blogs.technet.com/b/steve_lamb/archive/2007/08/10/poor-wireless-signal-how-to-improve-your-range.aspx


    T
    Now why didn't I think of googling..duh! Will have a read thru later and try any workable suggestions. Tnx for the idea.

    Original Poster

    Update to this. Got a new (free) wireless router from my ISP retention dept by calling up and asking for my mac code New router is a Thomson 585 v8 and has solved the problem. Excellent or Good signal available all over house now

    Thanks to all who offered help and advice particularly nightstud!
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