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Ultimate Geek

#25226 15-Aug-2008 13:42
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Have been using the above wireless router for around 6 weeks. Generally I am delighted with it (most of the time). It appears to work really well for the desktop PC - hardwired into ethernet port and also wireless for the good lady's laptop which is in kitchen / living area i.e a different room from the desktop.. The signal strength/condition whilst using the Dell laptop says "excellent".

The challenge comes when I connect into it using the PS3 which incidentally sits in the same room as the dell but on a further away wall and under a monster size TV. Probably another 4 metres from where the laptop normally gets used.  Signal strength has never been more than 50% ish and recently its been dropping me from the network during online gaming. When I go back into the PS3 settings it easily connects again first time around and no more hassles for a bit. I rotated the PS3 90 degrees the other night and was looking at the screen and the signal strength was 100% ???  Haven't been able to do that again i.e back to between 45 and 50 and don't know if I was helping the signal strength at all...

There is also a cordless phone near the TV and about 2 metres from where the PS3 sits..Could that be an issue?

Q1. Why the 50% strength on PS3 . I reckon a total distance of 20 ish metres through 3 plasterboard walls from the dynalink. Didn't think this was too far. ?

Q2. Any ideas or things to try with the PS3 and the router...

Q3. Am I probably stuck with this unless I hardwire into another ethernet port..If so what cable do I use please?

Thanks so much to the knowledgable folk out there.


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Ultimate Geek

  #157227 15-Aug-2008 15:19
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The phone could be an issue if it is a 2.4 GHz phone.

Q1 20m 3 walls and a TV could be pushing things a bit.

Q2 Things to try
Move the phone away from the router & PS3
Find out what channels other people are using wireless networks on in your area (site survey using netstumbler or similar) and use a channel for your network that is as far away from the stongest signals as possible.
Try and move the router so that it is closer to the PS3.
Try and mount the PS3 and router as high as possible.

Q3 A really long patch cable


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Ultimate Geek

  #157233 15-Aug-2008 15:38
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Thanks for your time wongtop.  It's a 2.4ghz wireless phone so will move it.

Regarding the PS3 location, it sits in the large cabinet under the tv - 70" so can't go higher. Open at the front but definitely enclosed on 3 sides by the cabinet...

The router sits behind the LCD monitor. Will try and raise it up somehow..

Would cat5 cable be fine...The guy in global pc at lunchtime said it had to be cat6 as it was faster??


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Uber Geek


  #157241 15-Aug-2008 16:06
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Cat5e is OK, I think.  As for your router, I second the channel selection idea.  Find if there are any others interfereing and pick a channel as far from them as possible (ideally 5 channels away).  Also you could try setting the Turbo mode.  I couldn't find much documentation about what it does, but I think it boosts the output power.

I've also heard that hiding SSID is pointless and sometimes causes problems.  And maybe try setting the mode and speed rather than auto (can't remember the exact settings and not sure if it will make much difference anyway).

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Ultimate Geek

  #157243 15-Aug-2008 16:14
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Cat 5e should be fine.

Just try and get the path between the router and PS clear of as many things as possible that could be blocking the path especially stuff with metal in it (monitors, fridges, TVs, etc).


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Ultimate Geek

  #157333 15-Aug-2008 23:45
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Hey guys

Stuck the laptop in the space where the PS3 sits and it still gets and ' excellent' to ' very good' signal.

Tried the channels and changed from 1 through to 6. Bascially relearned the connection each time on the PS3. Router was originally on 11 but signal strength didn't really change much above 55. It did ping upto 65 and then flicked around the low to mid 60's and the odd 100% appeared ??? then it seemed to settle back at 55 ish...

I am suspecting the PS3 has a crap wireless card??

Will hardwire tomorrrow.

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