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Posted 17 October 2011 - 01:45 PM
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 01:43 AM
However there are 2 things to think extra hard about;
1 Using a wif i adapter will always produce a worse result than having a wired ethernet connection so the wired route is preferable and should be your first choice......You know that if you plug the ethernet cable directly into your router then it all works...so this is definitely the way to go. Its worth a little bit of work running an ethernet cable.... however some folks perceive it as difficult to run a cable from the basement to an upper floor...but a handy person should have no real difficulty. Only use a wi fi based network if after costing things out you decide you must go down that route.
The antenna inside the USB wi fif adapter is very tiny.... it has to be to fit in the very limited space, and this is what you will be relying on to receive the wireless signal from your wireless router. It may therefore be best to plug the wi fi adapter into a USB extender cable so that you can orientate the wifi adapter in the best direction to pick up a signal and avoid shielding by metal parts of the computer case or other barriers to radio waves present in your home. Depending on the barriers in your home (walls, metallic objects, telephones, baby alarms microwave ovens etc (all working on similar frequencies to a home wifi network) you may well need wi fi range extenders to get the signal through (more expense!) so this is why I recommend a ethernet cable as first choice.
A good test of wif efficiency in your house is to take a laptop to the upper floor, place it beside the desktop computer and try to connect wirelessly to the router in the basement....if it connects OK then there is a good chance that the desktop may be able to connect wirelessly........but if not then you will definitely need a more sophisticated approach using a wi fi range extender. Remember when doing this test that the antenna within your laptop may well be18 to 20 inches long.......( they usually fit around the top and sides of the laptops VDU....that must be 18 or so times longer than the antenna in the USB wirelss adapter.........
One final thought on wi fi and that is that its unusual to have arouter in the basement....... the router is recommended to be fairly close to the master socket provided by your telephone company...and in the centre of the area that is required to be used.....Why not move the router to a more suitable area...a degree of trial and error will probably be needed to ensure that the signal carries OK.
2 If you do go down the USB wireless adapter route then on most of them its necessary to install the drivers for the network adapter BEFORE plugging it into a USB port....
Posted 18 October 2011 - 05:40 AM
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Edited by terry1966, 18 October 2011 - 07:15 PM.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 01:57 AM
Yes so am I .....
wish you'd stuck with working on the plugs,
i'm really curious as to why they worked with the laptop yet didn't with the desktop pc.
The trouble is we are thousands of miles away.... and I reckon this one needs a housecall.....
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:31 AM
Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:30 AM
Here's a site that will show you the sort of speeds that you are actually getting:
There will be similar speed checking sites closer to your actual physical location, so its best to use one that is more local to you (providing it is of good repute.....)
Just for information the speeds you quoted are the same as apply to the machine that I'm currently using for this reply....... however the actual speed I'm getting is just about 1 Mbps
That just 1% or 2% of the theoretical..... My actual speed is slow as I'm operating on a copper wire system at maximum range from our local telephone exchange.....
There are folks who get a fast 100 Mbps service but they usually either pay a huge amount for it... ; lease or buy their own line (if ADSL) or have a cable network or fibre optic connection..... Some folks benefit from a private satellite connection, or receive a fast connection via a University or other academic or business institution that has specified and paid for it .........but lesser mortals, like me trickle along at 1Mbps or so!
Edit I just performed a speed check on my system here and I'm getting, currently, 1.2 Mbps for down loads and O.3 Mbps for uploads... my ADSL connection is (as it says) asymmetric..!
Edited by paws, 20 October 2011 - 08:43 AM.
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