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clarification- spotty wireless cnxn

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The post was closed before I could clarify-- I am legally trying to log into the wireless network set up by my roommates; hoever, I am unable to.they have givn me the password My issue is reposted below:

I am currently using a dell inspiron 8600, which up until recently had no issues connecting to wireless networks. I recently moved, however, and this is now no longer the case. I tried to tap into my roomie's network, and it connects temporarily and the cnxn is lost almost immediately. I purchased a wireless adaptor, which kind of helps (I am able to connect but again it's dropped) my roommates have newer pcs am I totally doomed. Thanks again
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Download and run this Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector, click the Networks link on the upper left and paste a screen shot of that screen here. Note that this application requires NET Framework to run. If you get an error about a missing function, download and install NET Framework.

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file. To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
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GAD! You have a very crowded spectrum, and the signal you selected at the top of the list is one of the weakest! No surprise you can't get connected!

If you can't increase the signal strength of the linksys network there, I predict you will have continuing issues.

Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain™ WiFi Range Extending Products.

Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a some examples.

Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna

[HAO14SD] Outdoor Hi-Gain 14dBi Directional Antenna Kit

For 802.11n applications, this ZyXEL ANT1106 6db omni-directional antenna can be used.

For really long range outdoor applications, this 24dB parabolic WiFi Antenna may be a good choice.

If you have a wireless adapter that doesn't have provisions for an external antenna, one adapter that I've had good luck with is a Rosewill RNX-G1 USB Wireless Adapter. It's feature is that is has a removable antenna and will accommodate replacement antennas.

This is just a sample of available products, many people have hi-gain antennas with similar specifications, but I haven't seen any other suppliers of signal boosters.
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does it make a difference that the network i want to connect to is the new england network (that's my roommates network)
Well, yes, that one is a lot stronger. Still has some contention, but at least it's the strongest one on that channel. :smile:
i have a silly question on this. will the antennaes help the fact that when i try to connect to my roommate's network, it stalls out when trying to acquire the IP address? I am able to connect briefly, but I guess because it can't find the address it disconnects?
Anything that increases the signal strength of your network will usually help.
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