Networking & wireless forum: How do I improve the Wi-Fi reception on a laptop?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) March 30, 2012 4:35 PM PDT

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How do I improve the Wi-Fi reception on a laptop?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 3/30/12 4:35 PM

Question: How do I improve the Wi-Fi reception on a laptop?

Hello, and thank you in advance,

I helped my visually impaired friend purchase a new laptop...an Asus
X73E-BH51 17.3" Laptop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2430M with Turbo
Boost 2.0 8GB DDR3 640GB HDD. She is happy with the purchase.
However, the wireless signal strength on her machine never seems to go
higher than three bars, while on my laptop (a different make) sitting next
to hers is up to five bars and working very quickly. I feel terrible
having recommended this laptop based on research done by another
friend the previous year.

Is there a way to make her laptop receive the wireless signal at a
higher strength? It would be so gratifying and it would sure help me
not to feel guilty about her purchase based upon my "words of wisdom."

This laptop should go like the wind with 8GB RAM and turbo boost,
but, it loads slow as molasses. She is able to Skype with folks, but,
often the video breaks up or is otherwise not clear. This also
troubles her a great deal with "a brand-new computer that doesn't
work!" Any help would be greatly appreciated, so that I can fix it for
her.

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