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Topic # 98702 4-Mar-2012 22:34

Hey all

I live in a 2 storey flat.

I live on the first floor and the wireless router in upstairs.

I have no issues with connecting my laptop wirelessly with my laptop but I just cannot with my smart phone.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S and would like to know where there is a solution to this problem.

I obviously cant move the router from upstairs..

My friend has suggested that I go into the setting of the router and changing the strength of the signal but i doubt that will work..

Please help!

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 590318 4-Mar-2012 22:48
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Sounds like your smartphone doesn't have enough transmit power to get back to the router. Increasing the transmit strength on the router won't help with that.

If your laptop works okay, then you might be able to get away with just throwing a wireless repeater in the middle.

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  Reply # 590373 5-Mar-2012 06:58
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Use the WiFi Analyzer app on the phone and look at the signal strength and what other wifi signals are around. You may be able to change the channel on the router to move it away from other signals. Sometimes just moving the router a few metres either way can help a lot..


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  Reply # 590383 5-Mar-2012 07:56
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Hi, what router is it and how many antennas does it have. Have you considered tilting one of the antennas over on its side to point its main radiation lobe downstairs as this diagram that I prepared for someone else a few years ago describes.

Alternatively can you run a cable from upstairs to downstairs, then place a second AP to cover the lower floor.



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  Reply # 590443 5-Mar-2012 09:48
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btw, does it actually connect if you are upstairs? and does it retain the signal if you walk downstairs and you can use it?

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