[Wolves] network connection update

Adam Sweet adam at adamsweet.org
Fri Dec 11 10:16:19 UTC 2009

Mo Awkati wrote:
>>> I have acquired (given to me :-)  ) and  installed a Belkin desktop
>>> wireless PCI card. It seems OK,  but the signal strength is poor: about
>>> 50% most of the time . The card is wireless G while the router is N. I
>>> think that has something to do with it. There is a distance of only
>>> about 8 feet between the pc and the router, and no obstructions other
>>> than myself!!
>> My parents have one of those Belkin PCI 54G cards, an F5D7001. The
>> reception was awful. I replaced it with a £12 one made by Edimax (it was
>> sold by Efficient PC who sold Linux compatible hardware but have since
>> closed down) and the reception was 90% or so compared to 30% with the
>> Belkin. In my case the router was 54G too, it's the card itself which
>> was poor and under Windows you had to be an administrator to use it,
>> which I thought was stupid.
> Ah that explains it. I thought the person that gave it me was using it 
> at quite a distance from the router; they also used windows. I will get 
> a new one perhaps tomorrow and see what happens.

If it's working and you can get a stable enough signal to get on the net 
reliably, then I wouldn't worry too much about getting a new one. The 
problem with my parents' one was that with a single plasterboard wall 
between the card and the router, the signal was mediocre at best and 
kept disconnecting. If you have that problem then you'd do better to get 
another card.


Adam Sweet



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