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Hey OCN, got a problem I never really addressed but has come to my attention.
I moved into my house around 1 1/2 years ago, and it doesn't have any Cat5 cables or ethernet wired anywhere at all. My mom set up our modem and router in her office which is I say around 40 feet away from my computer with normal interference such as walls, tvs, and computers if that really makes a difference. I'm a noob at this. =/

Continuing on, my problem is that my Wi-fi is horribly slow. I get 9.28/1.78 on speedtest if you are curious. I want to know the best way to improve my Wi-fi connection so I can get the most out of it. I've already tried foil parabolas and such, but I don't notice a difference.

I've read somewhere about wireless repeaters about a month ago, so I researched more about it. I really couldn't find any helpful information as it was years old. The point of it was to use another router to increase the signal strength apparently. I have another router that's available so any help on that would be WONDERFUL.

If there are other ways to help me get faster internet speeds, thanks.
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Ask her to move it closer to the center of the house?
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the easiest way it move the router closer to you. Or you can get a bridge to get a better connection or even a stronger pci /usb wireless card
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Put the router in your attic/crawl space above your ceiling in the middle of your house. That's the best place for it. You'll have to convince your mom it's the best way to provide good coverage for all household devices using the WiFi connection. You'll also have to tell her that you'll be willing to run cable up there without making a mess.

You'll have to figure out the easiest way you can do that - but placing it above the ceiling in the middle of your house is the best place for it.
    
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the easiest way it move the router closer to you. Or you can get a bridge to get a better connection or even a stronger pci /usb wireless card
Oh I think I've heard of a bridge. Can you tell me more about it?

The usb wireless card is alright. Its the G54 from Netgear. I might get one with an external antenna suggestions would be great.
As for moving the modem and router its a possible, but not really an option. I don't know how to set up everything, and we don't have much space. Looking at the wires it seems kinda difficult too.
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First off i like to mention that at 40ft and your pulling 9.28 down and 1.78 up wirelessly is not that bad but, their is room for improvement.

If you are committed to wireless i would opt for a better router ( asus, netgear, linksys ) that supports 3rd party firmware like dd-wrt or tomato and flash it with the most up-to-date version. The options are many and with the right tweaks and a small increase in the tx signal should get you better results.

To even go a step further ditch the usb and go with a pci card and a pig-tail antenna. By moving the antenna around you can tweak the reception. Use vista stumbler to get a visual of the signal for more accurate positioning.
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First off i like to mention that at 40ft and your pulling 9.28 down and 1.78 up wirelessly is not that bad but, their is room for improvement.

If you are committed to wireless i would opt for a better router ( asus, netgear, linksys ) that supports 3rd party firmware like dd-wrt or tomato and flash it with the most up-to-date version. The options are many and with the right tweaks and a small increase in the tx signal should get you better results.

To even go a step further ditch the usb and go with a pci card and a pig-tail antenna. By moving the antenna around you can tweak the reception. Use vista stumbler to get a visual of the signal for more accurate positioning.
I see.
I know its not that bad but for if there is a way possible for it to be better, I won't stop until I get it.

Right now I am using a netgear router. (http://netgear.com/home/products/wir...y/WNR2000.aspx)
Once I save up enough money, I can go for the PCI card as well. Does flashing the router have any dangers, and will it improve by a fair margin?
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9.28 down and 1.78 up horribly slow


Not slow.
What is the speed package you pay for from the ISP?
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Not slow.
What is the speed package you pay for from the ISP?
Well, it actually varies. And I do horrible while I'm lagging in games.
I don't know what speed package, but probably the lowest one from Comcast.
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