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Chapter 3. Wireless Annoyances > HOME WIRELESS NETWORKS AND ROUTERS

HOME WIRELESS NETWORKS AND ROUTERS

EXTEND YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK'S RANGE

The Annoyance:

I just installed a WiFi network, but the connection to my upstairs PC is so slow and flaky, I might as well use the Pony Express to send mail. How can I speed things up?

The Fix:

Flaky is the right word for WiFi connections—they can be affected by a mind-boggling array of objects and phenomena, from cordless phones to filing cabinets. You should also keep in mind that wireless networks rarely deliver data at their rated bandwidth speeds. You're lucky to get half the rated speed, even in the best of conditions.


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