Know About Life

Wireless Signal Strength Tools for Laptops

2012-05-05   Views:1


Weak wireless signal strength can occur when a laptop is situated too far away from its router or if there are strong signal interferences, also called noise. To solve this problem, reduce interferences and boost the signal. Several tools are availab

Wireless Signal Strength Tools for Laptops

Weak wireless signal strength can occur when a laptop is situated too far away from its router or if there are strong signal interferences, also called noise. To solve this problem, reduce interferences and boost the signal. Several tools are available to assist you in improving signal strength for laptops.


A reflector is a curved piece of metal that reflects radio signals in the opposite direction. Most wireless access points have omnidirectional antennas that radiate signals equally in all directions over distances of 250 to 300 feet. However, if your router is situated in a corner of a room or against a wall, adding a reflector behind your router's antenna will direct the signal more strongly to your laptop. You can create your own home-made reflector by bending a piece of metal and placing it behind your router's antenna. As of 2010, a parabolic Wi-Fi reflector is also available online from Tritium at £9.50.

Booster Antennas

Boosters antennas assist the router in emitting a stronger signal. Plug the booster antenna directly into the router for better wireless signal reception from your laptop. If you are planning to always use your laptop in the same room, opt for a directional antenna instead of a stronger omnidirectional antenna. An omnidirectional antenna will boost the signal in all directions, adding the security hazard of other people hacking into your wireless network. As of 2010, wireless booster antennas are available from most computer outlets and online stores, including and eBay. Prices range from £5 to £65 depending on model and size.


A wireless repeater, also known as a Wireless-G Range Expander, will extend the range of your local area network's signal. The repeater picks up the signal from your router and rebroadcasts it to your laptop. To set up the repeater, carry your laptop to the area in which you would like to boost the wireless signal. Check the wireless signal strength on your laptop in different spots, plugging the repeater into a wall socket where you can detect about 50 per cent signal strength. Repeaters are available from computer and electronics stores, as well as online stores such as, Dell, PC Connection Express and As of 2010, prices range from £52 to £74.


Firmware is software that is developed for your router to improve its performance. It is important to always install the latest firmware updates on the computer to which your router is attached. This could improve your wireless signal strength by a few yards, if not more. Download the latest firmware for your router for free directly from your manufacturer's website. Another option is to download the dd.wrt-firmware for free from This firmware supports more than 200 router models. The site features a database from which you can select and download a firmware version that is compatible to your router.


Several software applications are available to detect disturbances in your wireless network. These applications will assist in finding the optimal spot from which to use your laptop. Download free software tools such as NetStumbler and InSSIDer from their respective websites, and Walk around with your laptop while running any of these programs to find weak or dead spots in your wireless network.

Wireless Signal Strength Tools for Laptops

Wireless Signal Strength Tools for Laptops

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2012-05-05Views:130

Weak wireless signal strength can occur when a laptop is situated too far away from its router or if there are strong signal interferences, also called noise. To solve this problem, reduce interferences and boost the signal. Several tools are availab[More]

How to increase my wireless signal strength outside

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2013-09-27Views:130

Wireless signal strength can vary greatly from inside a home or office to outside. A wireless signal that is strong indoors may not be as effective if accessed from outside the building. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks that can strengthen you[More]

How to Check Wireless Signal Strength on the XBox 360

Category:HobbiesRelease time:2012-06-12Views:130

The Xbox 360, developed by Microsoft, is a gaming console with the ability to connect to the Internet with its Xbox Live service. There are numerous ways to connect to Xbox Live, including via Ethernet connection to a modem or wirelessly with the Xbo[More]

How to Boost the Signal Strength on a Wireless USB Modem

How to Boost the Signal Strength on a Wireless USB Modem

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2014-02-06Views:130

Because a wireless USB modem can be used in just about any computer compared to other devices, like an express card or PC card, its use for acquiring Internet service has gained popularity through the years. It provides the accessibility and versatil[More]

How to Detect & Map a Wireless Signal

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2012-06-09Views:130

Wireless computer networks vary in wireless signal strength, depending upon the structure of the building in which the network is located, obstacles within the wireless signal area, the AP (wireless Access Point) power output and the type of antenna[More]

Ways to Improve Wireless Signals

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2015-02-20Views:130

Boosting the signal on any wireless device can be a very important asset. Whether it is a computer, cell phone, Wi-Fi adaptor, remote controlled (RC) car or any other wireless device, increasing the wireless range can increase the usefulness of the p[More]

How to Increase Signal Strength & Quality in Mobile Phones

How to Increase Signal Strength & Quality in Mobile Phones

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2012-05-01Views:130

When using a cell phone it is extremely important to have a high signal strength. If you don't, your call may be dropped or the audio may become distorted. There are a few methods available that help boost the signal of your cell phone. Some involve[More]

How to Boost the Signal Strength of a Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN Mini PCI Card

How to Boost the Signal Strength of a Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN Mini PCI Card

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2012-05-06Views:130

The Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN Mini PCI card is found in some Dell laptops, and is the device that allows the laptop to connect to wireless networks. The signal strength on a Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN Mini PCI card is determined by different factors, incl[More]

How to increase wireless receiver signal strength

How to increase wireless receiver signal strength

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2013-02-04Views:130

The wireless networking revolution has put computers everywhere -- in coffee shops, bars and even fast food restaurants. A wireless connection consists of two separate components: a broadcasting device and a receiver. The receiver is installed in wir[More]

How to Make a Laptop Wireless Signal Stronger

How to Make a Laptop Wireless Signal Stronger

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2013-04-24Views:130

Most laptops come with built-in wireless technology. The technology comes in the form of wireless adaptors that pick up or broadcast wireless signals, enabling the laptop to connect to the Internet or your home network from any nearby location. Wirel[More]

Homemade Wireless Antennas for Laptops

Homemade Wireless Antennas for Laptops

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2014-04-16Views:130

Unlike ordinary antennas found on most wireless devices for laptops, high-gain wireless antennas offer greater levels of signal strength and range. However, these devices are expensive. You can build a homemade wireless antenna from common household[More]

How to boost laptop signal strength

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2014-07-24Views:130

Most laptops come equipped with WI-FI capability. This is possible because there is a plastic card in the laptop that connects to an antenna and receives a wireless signal. Usually, all you need to do is enable Wi-Fi on your computer and connect to a[More]

How to Boost a Wireless Signal to an Acer Aspire One Laptop

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2012-10-14Views:130

Boosting wireless signal can be done in two ways. Expensive equipment can be bought and attached to the router, or for under 60p you can make your own wireless extender. Skill level:Moderate Things you need Router with antennaPrinterCard stockScissor[More]

How to Install a Wireless-N Express Card Adapter for Laptops

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2015-04-18Views:130

The Wireless-N Express Card Adapter is a wireless network adaptor made by Belkin. This card uses your laptop's PCMCIA port to add wireless networking features to your laptop. The wireless card allows you to connect to the Internet or a network using[More]

How to Make My Laptop Wireless Signal Longer

How to Make My Laptop Wireless Signal Longer

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2012-06-06Views:130

Although most laptop computers have a built-in wireless receiver that gives you the ability to connect to a Wi-Fi network, you may find the signal isn't strong enough to pick up some wireless networks that are too far away. It isn't possible to go in[More]

How to Get a Wireless Signal for Free

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2014-07-09Views:130

Wireless signals (Wi-Fi) are a way to connect to the Internet without the need for wires or cords. These signals are usually password-protected by the owner of the signal to prevent unauthorised access. There are many businesses now that provide free[More]

How to Make a Wi-Fi Antenna for Laptop

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2012-07-09Views:130

If the Wi-Fi card in your laptop is not picking up a signal consistently, the best way to give it a boost without spending too much money is to build your own antenna, or "cantenna," from a tin can. With a few things lying around the house and a few[More]

How to Measure Comcast Cable Signal Strength

How to Measure Comcast Cable Signal Strength

Category:HobbiesRelease time:2013-10-28Views:130

The Comcast Cable Corporation is a cable communications service which specialises in providing phone, cable TV, and high speed Internet service to subscribers. While signal strength can be an issue with a Comcast cable TV connection if a splitter is[More]

How to Measure a Wireless Signal

Category:HomeRelease time:2014-01-01Views:130

WLAN signals can be frustrating because it is difficult to determine what is affecting signal strength. Everyday users cannot always determine what obstructions in their home or office are interfering with their signal strength. That is why the best[More]

How to boost my reception wireless wi-fi on my laptop

Category:Computers & electronicsRelease time:2014-05-05Views:130

Wireless network adaptors (Wi-Fi) on most laptops permit the computer owner to access Wi-Fi "hot spots," which are bountiful in restaurants, hotels and coffee shops. However, there are many electrical appliances and physical signal obstructions in th[More]

Mixing a track for surround sound requires a well-developed ear for music, a sound production studio and equipment. Surround sound used to mean just stereo -- left and right channels. Now surround sound systems can have up to nine channels. The sound [More]
Flies are small, flying insects that are often attracted to human habitation by the food that is available. Not only are flies annoying flying pests, they also spread diseases from contaminated food to uncontaminated food. If you have noticed flies i [More]
A trigger point is a distinct focus of hyperirritability within a stretched and tense band of muscle. These trigger points form as a result of stress or trauma to muscles. Pain associated with trigger points can occur at the site or can be referred e [More]
The 2004 KIA Optima can have keyless entry installed, but it is not a do-it-yourself project. The process requires a specialised computer to connect the remote with the car so your car needs to be taken to a KIA dealership. Once your keyless entry ha [More]
In Dreamweaver, you can create, edit and manage the files for a website. By using the tools within Dreamweaver 8, you can add HTML files to represent the content in your site, uploading the pages to your web server as you edit them. If you are not co [More]
Writing a bibliography and citing sources in your essay or thesis can be challenging, as the format is quite specific yet varies based on the type of source. The most common sources are books, encyclopedias and media (DVDs, CDs). But notes and quotes [More]
Elastic collisions are those in which both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved. No collisions in the real world are truly elastic -- they lose energy as sound, heat or work (such as the deformation of metal in a vehicle collision). One of the c [More]
Almond oil is a popular health and beauty aid amongst natural health practitioners and massage therapists. An emollient, almond oil is widely used in commercial beauty products and in conjunction with other oils, but it can also be used alone. In add [More]
The Motorola W385 is a slim clamshell phone similar to the Motorola RAZR. The device comes equipped with a VGA camera, voice-dialling, GPS and Bluetooth capabilities. Many wireless carriers offer the phone; however, you cannot use the device with ano [More]
A birth certificate is an official document that details the facts surrounding one's birth, such as the location of the birth and the baby's weight. The term "birth certificate" applies to both the original document created on-site at the birth, and [More]