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Old 09-02-2014, 04:01 AM   #1
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Hey guys. So I have finished upgrading my desktop and moved it into my room which is not very far from the router. I have set up a repeater and I have a WiFi G card installed and it only picks up 2 bars where as my phone and laptop have been able to get full bars. I am currently connected via the ethernet port and it is a bit slow to load some pages.

My question is why would my Wifi adapter not be picking up full bars from the repeater but other devices are.
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:32 PM   #2
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It could be 3 things:

1) putting it bluntly the adapter could just suck
2) It's connected to the source and not the repeater
3) The location of the antenna is such where there's a lot more interference.

I'd stake more money on choices 2 and 3. May i ask why if you have a cable plugged into the Ethernet port why you'd need a wireless adapter?
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:59 PM   #3
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A repeater has to be locked on the source it's repeating. The TP-Link repeaters/access points I use have a scanner function. It sniffs the signals around it then shows a list and you select the source for it to lock in to.
I don't know which brand you have but most I've worked with over the years, have to be programmed before they work.

Unless you're using the repeater/access point as a bridge, you don't need a cable plugged in to it and your computer. Unless you're programing it. Most let you in over the wireless connection. When you reboot it though, you loose the connection.
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It could be 3 things:

1) putting it bluntly the adapter could just suck
2) It's connected to the source and not the repeater
3) The location of the antenna is such where there's a lot more interference.

I'd stake more money on choices 2 and 3. May i ask why if you have a cable plugged into the Ethernet port why you'd need a wireless adapter?
The wireless adapter was already installed when I acquired it and I have just left it there.
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OK kiddo run specy and lets see what's under the hood.
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The wireless adapter was already installed when I acquired it and I have just left it there.
That's fine, but it doesn't mean it wasn't a bad adapter to begin with. It also doesn't rule out points 2 and 3. I'm also still confused as to why you're running wireless when you're plugged into Ethernet.
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The WiFi card is the Realtek 8185 Extensible 802.11b/g. PC specs

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Also at the moment I am using my laptop to my desktop with internet by bridging connections on the laptop and its not the fastest speed. Now I may aswell buy a new WiFi adapter, Something like this TP-Link TL-WN851ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter [TL-WN851ND] - $22.00 : PC Case Gear
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I use this in my little monster:
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N PCIe Adaptor [TL-WDN4800] - $45.00 : PC Case Gear

If your router has 5ghz capability, you'll be on this band all by your lonesome.
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