I have a Belkin 2.4ghz 802.11g wireless router & a belkin laptop card
My question is or my problem is that at 2-3ft my signal strenght is about 2/3's strong and once I leave the room around the corner about 10 ft away I lose connection or "signal" to router. Is this normal or is something defective ? I figured I would be able to at least go around the house w/ no problems of connection or signal strength .
how do I set the power up all the way .. I checked for something like that on the router but no luck finding it ..
It should be in the config somewhere unless they have it hard coded to be full. If you dont see it anywhere then thats probably what they did. You might want to change the Channels to see if that helps any.
Also is your laptop card connecting as b or g? You might want to set your AP to "g" only, default is mixed mode which accepts "b" or "g", thats if you dont have any "b" devices. Check the documentation HERE on how to do that.
Other than that hook it up to a "widdow maker" and take it back for a refund or buy a different brand.
Most wireless router/NIC combos work very well right out of the box. Really surprised to hear that this isnt working out for you especially with matched components.
Assume thruput is ok to your router when you are wired direct? If not, is probably an issue with the router. Reboot it or upgrade firmware are the usual fixes. It should be smokin' fast wireless or otherwise. I could go five houses down with my old 802.11b Dlink router and could surf at an acceptable speed.
Have you jacked around with the security settings? As a test, try turning off WEP for a short period. You will take a bit of a performance hit with WEP enabled but in most cases, it should be negligible.
Some first gen wireless cards had the ability to reduce the transfer rate. I dont know if yours does or not but if it does, try reducing from whatever it is set at to 1/2 of that. The manufacturers say that only 3-5MB/s is needed for web browsing.
How about your antennas on the router? Try placing it in a different area or at least rotating it or elevating it.
You could take your laptop to a Starbucks or a friends with wireless access and test it there just to eliminate the NIC from the equation