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Using multiple adapters for one connection


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sixstringchef

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Hey guys,

I am currently out of town for work and will be for awhile. The place I am staying is basically a self-managed extended stay and the lone employee knows nothing about their wireless network and the owner seems permanently unavailable.

Anyway, I have extremely low,slow connectivity with my laptop wireless card(Broadcom 4321AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi Adapter). I also happen to have a couple other adapters with me(Belkin F5D8053 N USB & a NetGear WPN111 G-Mimo USB).

The netgear has it's own wireless assistant and of the three, it always seems to get the best connection. So I hook it up first and then the other two connect with my HP wireless assistant but when they do connect, it's for local only. I have no ethernet connection to bridge them.

I do get on via the netgear and can separately get on with all three. So there is no real emergency but the best I get no matter which order I enable them is two or three bars.

So, I guess my questions are,1- is this the normal scenario? 2- Are the "local only" connections helping me? 3-How do I get the best performance using the three adapters together on a public unsecured network being that is all I have available now and the fact that the so-called hotel management is no help?

As always, thanks for your time. This site rocks!

PS- I have traced their access points and there are no closer rooms available and not likely to be anytime soon so changing rooms is not an option at this point.
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Hey sixstringchef and welcome to GTG :)

1- is this the normal scenario?

You should only have one wireless network adapter running at a time.

2- Are the "local only" connections helping me?

No, and they may be causing issues; having multiple wireless configuration services running at the same time can often lead to undefined behavior.

3-How do I get the best performance using the three adapters together on a public unsecured network being that is all I have available now and the fact that the so-called hotel management is no help?

That depends; are you receiving a low signal strength? I'm assuming so, since that seems to be why you're here. Since you aren't the owner of the network, it is difficult to boost your performance. A repeater/extender would help here, but I highly doubt they're going to be willing to help you out on that one. In your case, an external USB adapter would give you the best performance; if possible, getting an adapter that uses an external antenna would help a fair bit. Of course, this all costs money, which I'm guessing you don't really want to do, especially for a temporary issue.

What sort of signal strength are you getting to their network?

But to answer what I think your main question is: No, multiple adapters operating at the same time will not boost your performance. Choose the adapter that you receive the best signal/performance with, and run it on its own.

I know that's not really going to help you a whole lot, but perhaps another user may be able to provide you with a more useful response :)

- Dan
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I appreciate your advice. I am assuming just use the usb adapter and turn my internal card off? I will try that and see if there's a difference either way. I was under the impression that the usb adapter were meant to push a weak signal and that's why there is the option to bridge them. But with no ethernet that doesn't help. Oddly, it's the cheapest adapter I have-the netgear G-mimo that is giving me the best results.

Thanks for your help.
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Oddly, it's the cheapest adapter I have-the netgear G-mimo that is giving me the best results.

Unfortunately more money doesn't always mean higher quality. It could also be that they are using a Netgear router; often same-brand devices work better together, although that's not always the case. There are USB booster adapters, but I'm not sure if what you have is one. Here's an example -- [HWU8DD] Hi-Gain™ USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter.
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They actually have a linksys router and so I got a linksys usb adapter that was worthless. I gave it to one of my co-workers who had nothing which was about all it was better than! But the adapters are just as I described. The reccomendation I got was that the N-mimo were the best but the g one gets me between 2-3 bars. All others are averaging one-every once in awhile two.

I turned off my card and unplugged the Belkin and the netgear is still working the same-no difference. I will stick with it for now. I doubt I will find anything more sophisticated, as you described, around here anyway. Thanks
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