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Improving signal strength?


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saraveza408

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I use a Linksys Wireless-B USB Network Adapter v.4.0 for my internet connection and I'm wondering if there's anyway to improve the signal strengths I get with it? I've tried to MacGuyver some speaker wire & add it to it to make a somewhat super antenna & it did work a little bit.Then I touched our metal rain gutter with the speaker wire & that seemed to improve the signal even a tad more.
Is there any suggestions on how I can get a even more stronger signal?
Please & Thank You!
P.S. Im including a pic of the adapter.
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I don't use a wireless B but I am familiar with other linksys models.
In your browser address bar type in 192.168.1.1
for the password in the login prompt type in admin
on the wireless tab you can adjust signal strength
Radio band - wide
Wide Channel
Standard channel to max

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I use a Linksys Wireless-B USB Network Adapter v.4.0 for my internet connection and I'm wondering if there's anyway to improve the signal strengths I get with it? I've tried to MacGuyver some speaker wire & add it to it to make a somewhat super antenna & it did work a little bit.Then I touched our metal rain gutter with the speaker wire & that seemed to improve the signal even a tad more.
Is there any suggestions on how I can get a even more stronger signal?
Please & Thank You!
P.S. Im including a pic of the adapter.
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ok i type in all that in my browser & i get a grey popup box asking for my user name & password.
What user name & password do i use?
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Don't enter anything for the username and then type "admin" for the password
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Don't enter anything for the username and then type "admin" for the password


i keep trying that & this pop up box disappears as soon as i hit "ENTER"....


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im using firefox.Do i have to be on IE?
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Firefox works

try again..

Do not put anything in the username.. (leave it blank)

for the password just type in admin


make sure your caps are off
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nope same thing happens.And I tried it 5 times,one right after the other.
Hummmm?Why wont it work?
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Did you get this router new or used?
If used, then maybe the default password was changed.
Try resetting the router to defaults. There is a tiny hole on the router that you can insert the tip of a pen into for reset. You have to hold the reset button in for a good 30seconds.

Tell me, please, what other linksys wireless products you have there.

Login should look like this, using "admin" as password (do not put quotes around)




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I had that problem with accessing my router homepage once. Try admin and admin as username and password
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I had that problem with accessing my router homepage once. Try admin and admin as username and password


Ok that worked!

I don't use a wireless B but I am familiar with other linksys models.
In your browser address bar type in 192.168.1.1
for the password in the login prompt type in admin
on the wireless tab you can adjust signal strength
Radio band - wide
Wide Channel
Standard channel to max


ok under the wireless tab i didnt find the radio band info.& do i set the channel to the highest?
Also Im using a Wireless-B not a Wireless-G.Does that make a difference?

And to answer the other questions,i got this network adapter new & I have no other linksys products.

Here's what i get under the wireless tab........

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There you go,, Crank up the Ghz
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There you go,, Crank up the Ghz

ok i maxed it out at 2.462GHz. Then it said the settings were successful.But i still hav same amount of signal strength bars & when i searched 4 wireless networks the same ones as always show up.And web browsing is at the same speed as before.
Will it be different after my next reboot?
And what exzactly did I change & how does it effect my wireless experiance?
(((((like what are GHz's & all that?)))))
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GHz stands for Gigahertz.
It is a term for electromagnetic wave frequency, used to define UHF (ultra high frequency) waves and/or microwave signals.
The higher the frequency (more GHz) the farther the signal can reach.

You were already at 2.347 GHz.. (if I was reading your posted image correctly) So it wasn't a huge increase for you.

You are simply on the outer perimeter of your signal range.
Obstacles like walls will decrease your signal strentgh. Amazingly enough, glass is more of a barrier than a solid wall.
There are other things to consider too, such as the sight line to the router. Many things can affect your signal.

There are external antennae's you can buy, but that can be a waste of money too. I have an external antennae hooked up now and my signal is reaching well over 100 yards to the linksys router, which is across a large yard and in another building. My signal strength is low and sometimes I get disco'ed though.
You may need to move things around and find a better position for a stronger signal.


(later) I am not sure what your situation is. Where are you getting your wireless signal from?

Edited by PsychPosse, 17 October 2007 - 10:06 PM.

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(later) I am not sure what your situation is. Where are you getting your wireless signal from?

well,ahem(clears throat)im getting my signal from a unsecured network & i dont have a router.

now about the signal & things blocking it.....ive got this linksys wireless-b netwrk adapter about 10 ft from a old satelite dish for cable that we no longer use.Can this improve my signal if i was to put it closer to the dish?
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(later) I am not sure what your situation is. Where are you getting your wireless signal from?

well,ahem(clears throat)im getting my signal from a unsecured network & i dont have a router.

now about the signal & things blocking it.....ive got this linksys wireless-b netwrk adapter about 10 ft from a old satelite dish for cable that we no longer use.Can this improve my signal if i was to put it closer to the dish?
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