Monday, May 25, 2009
Tech advice needed, please!
Would the more wireless-network-savvy among my readers be able to help me?
I'm going to be visiting a few places where wireless internet access is available, but the signal strength is very weak - so much so that it can't be accessed from certain locations within the building. I'm told that there are devices available that can boost the signal strength, such as the Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander, but I'm under the impression that these must be used on the server side, and aren't of use to an end-user trying to improve the signal he receives.
Can anyone advise me whether such a device is worth buying as an end-user? If I plug it into my own laptop, will it improve the signal I receive? If not, is there any other device I can plug into my laptop that will boost the wireless signal, and enable me to maintain connectivity when I'm in areas with a weak signal? I'm using the built-in wireless aerial and connectivity, of course. If I need to disable that and use an external system, please give details of what's required.
Thanks in advance for your help.