I have an Inspiron E1705 that gets a very weak and sporatic signal. By the way, I have a year old IBM T40 from work that gets a strong signal in exactly the same place. Is it possible to plug a high power antenna to the built in card, or do I need to buy a USB or PC card wireless adapter so I can use a high power antenna? Hawking makes a few different antennae that seem to fit the bill.
Alternatively, is there some other way to boost the receptivity of the unit without adding an exteral device?
Thanks, but I tried that. It appears to be a design flaw in the E1705 with the antenna. Perhaps it does not direct enough power it, or there is some kind of signal conflict. I have an old IBM T40 that gets a strong signal. It seems strange that a big pretty new Dell can not hold a candle (connection) to a little old IBM.
Right click on my computer left click on properites click on the hardware tab click on device manager click the + sign next to network adapters right click on your Intel wireless mini-pci card left click on properties click on advanced - depending on the type of card you have you may not have some of these options - left click to select: Throughput enchancement - uncheck "use default value box", use drop box to select enable
Power management- uncheck "use default value box", make sure slider is to the highest point
Preamble mode - uncheck "use default value box", use drop down to select long
Transmit Power - uncheck "use default value box", make sure slider is to the highest point
click OK, close device manager ---------------------------- I'd go into the router interface and make sure the router was on channel 6 or 11, these channels have the least amount of interference - if you need help call router manufacturer, if ur gonna call em' make sure you have the latest firmware for the router as well ! - good luck