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Old 02-04-2010, 05:36 AM
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Exclamation Too many wireless networks ruining mine

I have a Linksys WRT160N and Motorola Surfboard 5120

My wireless network sucks. It stays connected but the stream is really lagging and intermittent. I'm supposed to have 10Mbps download speed and I'm lucky if I get 50kbps per second when downloading or streaming.

I have close neighbors as all our townhouses are connected and they all pretty much have wireless networks. There are 5 within moderately good range and then about 4 more that come in and out on airport.

They all collectively occupy channels 1, 6, or 11 so it doesn't matter. I optimized my linksys router as much as I could. Tried to get DD-WRT firmware for V3 on my router to boost signal power and it wouldn't work. Freezes at 98% and fails. I'm frustrated!!!!

I want to buy or download software or get a new router, whatever, that will destroy my neighbors!!! I want my signal to overpower theirs and shut them out! AHHHHHH!!! Haha. Seriously though, I really need help here. I don't want to waste my money so I need to know what to do. I don't care what my network does to theirs cause they screwed mine. This is war. Help.
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:05 AM
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There's nothing you can really do short of cracking into their routers and deleting the firmware or something like that. I'm not advocating that though.
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:52 PM
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Default Couple Suggestions

Try using tomato firmware instead, check if your compatible.
Try channels between 1-6 and 1-11 you never know it might work better.
Try different wifi encryptions like wpa or wep.
If all else fails get a wifi repeater it will boost signal power in your home.
Last but not least buy some signal jammers and put them around your home, however that could be pricey.
Good luck!
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:08 AM
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Default Questions

1. Wouldn't signal jammers block my own signal? How would I have to set it up so it blocked my neighbors but allowed mine to run freely???? Can you direct me to good articles or online store where I can learn more about this and recommend a good jammer?

2. Is there a router anyone would recommend I purchase that broadcasts at powerful and strong frequencies which could overpower interference from my neighbors regardless of what channel they are on?

Currently I have LInksys WRT160N (hate it) and Motorola Surfboard 5120
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:08 PM
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Hi SG7

I would recommend changing your router to one that supports 802.11a (aka 5GHz). You will find this a much less used frequency, if allowed in your area/country. You will also need to make you laptop compatible, either it will already support 5GHz as some Intel chips do, or get a PCMCIA or USB adapter. This is by far the easiest and quickest way if there are no unused channels in 2.4GHz.

Good luck.

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