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Wireless signal strength increases when connected

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Say for example Windows shows the signal as 3 bars but once I connect it becomes 5 bars (sometimes 4), why does this happen? I've noticed this every single time with different wireless networks.
Just curious. smile.gif
post #2 of 5
Depends on the network. The signal "seen" is just enough for the client to see the network. Once connected the router can establish a full signal.
On my network meter it actually looks more like a "ping" or spike in signal every few seconds or so, so windows is probably just showing the average of the broadcast signal.
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It's the router's doing to save power wink.gif Don't you love it when routers attempt to save power?
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Usually when you're scanning for access points, your NIC is jumping between channels looking for APs. A brief snapshot from a beacon on that AP may not show the most accurate/average data or may be received on a bleedover channel instead of the intended one (spread spectrum spans your signal out which will give you a 2 channel range in either direction that your data overlaps onto).
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It all makes sense, thanks guys. smile.gif
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