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AR928X - Wireless Signal Very Weak


UberB

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I bought an Asus X82 series, Vista home basic and it came with this wireless card. Right from the start it had a very weak wireless signal. My router is Linksys WRT54G v7 and it can't be more than 20 meters away, all other computers in the house can get a good signal and they're even further away than this laptop. With the generic drivers I ended up with 1-2 bars of signal strength.

Now I downloaded one of the modded drivers here, 7.6.1.162. It started out working pretty good (4-5 bars) but then gradually deteriorated (3-4 bars, then finally 2-3 bars) and now even that is pretty slow. It consistently drops connections and playing online games is basically not even an option!

I want to now try out a newer version of modded drivers. Sadly most of the other versions, even the modded ones, only give 1-2 bars just like the generic ones. What's more I can't even download stuff from the pinned thread anymore, I get the error just like in this thread except I'm using Windows and I've tried it on Chrome/IE/Opera/Firefox. I've tried disabling download managers, using different browsers and using proxies - all are no go.

So what I want to figure out is:

1. Will a newer modded driver make the signal faster?

2. If so, can someone upload to a mirror?

3. If not, I know people have this exact model that works pretty well, they must be using some sort of setting or tweak that makes it work. Could they please post their configuration?

Please note that my router WRT54G v7 isn't Broadcom based and such can't be flashed with DD-WRT, Tomato, and the like :)

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Guest mlaskus

I have the exact same problem with Atheros 928X in my Asus N81vp.

I often have only one bar while other laptops have full signal strength. It forces me to sit in the same room as the router or the signal gets too weak. :/

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I have the exact same problem with Atheros 928X in my Asus N81vp.

I often have only one bar while other laptops have full signal strength. It forces me to sit in the same room as the router or the signal gets too weak. :/

I'm having the same problems with my eee 1000HE, except, you get FAR better range than I do...if I'm lucky, i can get 2 bars with my laptop one floor above and about 10 feet away from my WRT54GL (with dd-wrt and the antenna strength cranked as high as I'm comfortable at the moment without adding additional cooling. even sitting in the same room, just in my bed (~6 feet away) my signal strength usually drops down at least one bar (latest modded drivers as well, all power saving turned off...no differences) and of course, asus' only response is....try re-installing the operating system *first response was update the bios and drivers...did both, currently running the newest bios for my eee, and tried latest atheros drivers, their 1005ha drivers, modded drivers, only the modded got me any kind of signal) I've been tempted to install an intel wireless card *probably a 5300 series* to get around the anemic wireless performance, my sister's F3E with an intel 3945abg gets *at worst* all but one bar from anywhere in my house

long story short*ish* asus insists on putting these subpar wireless cards in laptops, and not bothering to put stronger antennas in them to compensate

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