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Spotty WiFi at my new desk

I recently set up a docking station for my laptop on a desk in my room. The only problem is that this seems to have really spotty WiFi coverage. Sometimes it's fine, sometimes it lags to hell when trying to load even something mostly text-based like Metafilter. Streaming is often impossible. I'm considering buying a range extender for my network - what should I keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Can I have a private wireless network with a shared internet connection?

I share an internet connection with the other tenants in my small apartment building. My neighbors are nice folks, but I'd like a little more technological distance between us. I'd like to keep my computers on a private wireless network and have the router for that network connect to the shared router for internet access. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Made of Star Stuff on Aug 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Buying a WiFi Router

Help me find an online tool for selecting a wifi router, or at least help me find reliable reviews or a buying guide. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Oct 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me go wireless.

I want to be able to access my hard drives wirelessly, and I don't know where to start. Plus bonus question. Help! [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Aug 23, 2012 - 19 answers

Need help troubleshooting slow internet

My internet connection suddenly slowed way down. I've tried all the usual things, but I need some expert advice. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 14, 2011 - 10 answers

usb wireless adaprer won't work

We've been through 2 different usb wireless adaptors, and windows7 won't detect/enable them - help! [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Nov 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Running a wireless router off a Dell 24 switch router

Is it possible to run a Linksys WRT54G wireless router off a Dell 24 switch router? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Nov 13, 2011 - 13 answers

Help, please! VPN-enabled wireless router not working

How do I connect my Witopia VPN wireless router to my ISP's wireless router? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 on Sep 21, 2011 - 1 answer

Connect Damn You

Issues connecting to a wireless network. I have one particular laptop that cannot connect to a specific Wireless network. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Aug 25, 2011 - 9 answers

I want to check some predictions

I'm looking for a short film I saw in a computing class about 10 or 15 years ago. It was set in the "close future" demonstrating the use of computer technology by a disaster recovery team after an earthquake in California. Notably, all the computers and devices like printers were wireless. [more inside]
posted by WhackyparseThis on Feb 24, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me choose my next keyboard

Recommend me a new keyboard (/mouse combo) for my PC [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Feb 3, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I turn off my MiFi while it's charging?

I have a Verizon MiFi, which I love, EXCEPT: [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Apr 14, 2010 - 11 answers

How can I tell if someone is trying to hop onto my wireless signal?

I have a MacBook Pro running OS 10.6.1, and an Airport Extreme Base Station. Is there a user-friendly way to see if someone is trying to use my internet connection or hack into my network? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Nov 10, 2009 - 17 answers

Apple Airport Extreme or Express?

What is the difference between an Apple Airport Express Base Station, and an Airport Extreme Base Station? I have a tiny 500-square foot apartment. All I want is to be able to surf the web wirelessly. Can I go with the cheaper Express Base Station? Why is one cheaper than the other (in other words, what can the Extreme do that the Express cannot)?
posted by invisible ink on Sep 13, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me connect!

Help me connect to my girlfriend's wireless network! [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Aug 31, 2009 - 12 answers

"On Demand"? Well, I'm DEMANDING already!

Shouldn't I be able to get "on-demand" wireless networks to WORK on my computer? Why can't I? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jul 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Wire(less) me up, Scotty!

Wireless Filter: Internet is free in my apartment complex but our connection is crap. Help! [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Apr 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Mobile software for the mobile traveller?

What applications/software for your mobile device did you find useful/essential for travelling? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Mar 31, 2009 - 2 answers

Network woes

Why can't I access my network shares after I connect to the WiFi at work? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Jul 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Can you fix the Internet I broke?

My computer is showing that I'm connected to the Internet, but it's not actually connecting. My usual trouble shooting tricks aren't working, so does anyone have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Airhen on Jul 23, 2008 - 8 answers

You have been disconnected.

We're having some problems with our wireless network, and I can't figure out what the problem is. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jun 21, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I make my WiFi network stop hiding from me?

I cannot maintain a connection to my wireless network. I think it might have something to do with the EIGHTEEN other wireless networks available around me. What can I do? (And let's knock this one out early: I'm on a completely different channel from all the other networks). [more inside]
posted by logovisual on Feb 19, 2008 - 11 answers

Looking for a cheap NAS solution <$50 (enclosure only)

Looking for a cheap NAS enclosure (~$50) - interested in ximeta netdisk, but I'd rather go with something that doesn't require a software install. For $100ish I could build a cheap VIA C3/C7 server, but a simple HD enclosure would be better. I'm planning to run it off a WRT54g, and have heard that ximeta's get slow wifi performance - could I watch videos over the connection (300mb/hr divx), or would I be restricted to backup and music? If so, what's the cheapest NAS enclosure that isn't a POS that can manage mp3's over wifi? Something that could do bittorrent would be great, but they seem much more costly. Most important, I want a NAS that will spin down when not in use so it doesn't kill my non-enterprise HD.
posted by lrodman on Jan 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Can I get a wired (ethernet) connection off a wireless network?

Can I get a wired (ethernet) connection off a wireless network? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots on Dec 2, 2007 - 13 answers

I need a mouse that won't drive me crazy. Wireless mighty mouse or gaming mouse for Graphic Design?

I need a mouse that won't drive me crazy. Wireless mighty mouse or gaming mouse for Graphic Design? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti on Sep 1, 2007 - 20 answers

How to add wireless to a non-wireless router?

I'm looking for a wireless adapter. Something I can just plug into an Ethernet port/cord and that will add wireless functionality to a non wired router? [more inside]
posted by peripatew on Aug 15, 2007 - 13 answers

How to manually clean a registry?

How hard is it to do a manual registry cleaning and is it worth paying HP $45 to help me? [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Jun 27, 2006 - 5 answers

What router typically assigns ip?

What type of router typically has a gateway of, I'm used to seeing the typical router use 192.168.*.* but I'm trying to figure out what routers the local apartment unit is using to run their wireless.
posted by skEwb on Jan 30, 2006 - 18 answers

Is my network secure?

I have a couple questions about the security of my wireless network... I'm definitely not a computer newbie, but networking issues have always gone a bit over my head. [more inside]
posted by semidivine on Nov 18, 2005 - 18 answers

35 wireless mice- rechargable or not?

My company is replacing all employees mice with the wireless variety. My question is whether it is worth spending the extra money to buy the rechargable mice with the docks rather than the standard battery operated ones. The mouse we are looking at for around $30/unit (Canadian) is here (company logo removed). I don't know what brand that is, but it features 256 unique ids so we don't get interference within the office, requires no software to run and has a nice surface for use to put our logo on. How long can I expect the batteries (2 AAA) to last an employee working an 8 hour day? I'm not crazy about having to change 70 batteries very often. Would rechargable batteries be an option here? A rechargable mouse runs between $70 and $80 and I'd have to buy them retail. Do these mice also offer many unique IDs to avoid interference? Do they require extra software to run? What other issues should I be aware of? The price difference is significant so I'm leary to recommend the rechargables.
posted by gfroese on Oct 27, 2005 - 33 answers

WiFi on the road?

Is there a nationwide (where nation = United States) service which provides wireless Internet coverage? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Sep 28, 2005 - 11 answers

What firewall protection do I need with my Linksys WRT54G?

Home PC WAN-filter: Setting up a home broadband network with a cable modem, PC, & Linksys WRT54G... [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson on Sep 27, 2005 - 13 answers

Wireless card for Win98?

Reccomend a wireless card for an old Windows 98 laptop? [more inside]
posted by Tubes on Jul 21, 2005 - 7 answers

How do I get two wireless PCs to share files?

How do I get two computers connected to a WiFi network to be able to share files? Both are connected through the same Linksys Wireless-B router. One is running XP SP2, the other XP.
posted by teaperson on Jul 19, 2005 - 10 answers

Wireless problems

My laptop frequently drops wireless signals. At home I sit less than 8 feet from my wireless router, in the same room, and the signal comes and goes. I thought the problem was the router, but recently I've experienced the same problem in public places with free wireless. Other people connect with no problem, and my signal comes and goes, and I keep dropping the connection. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Jun 5, 2005 - 21 answers

How do I convince my Mac to ignore all the wireless networks around it that aren't my own?

How do I convince my Mac to ignore all the wireless networks around it that aren't my own? [more inside]
posted by logovisual on Apr 10, 2005 - 6 answers

Recommend a small portable computer!

I need a wireless mini-computer that can connect to AOL instant messenger, play MP3s, surf the web, and word process (removable keyboard is fine). Hopefully something with a windows operating system (windows CE?). I know nothing about pocket PCs or palm pilots or anything smaller than a full fledged laptop, anyone help me out? [more inside]
posted by outsider on Dec 30, 2004 - 14 answers

Wireless Networking

Wireless Networking Question. I want to use wireless networking to connect a DSL router to both my PVR & playstation 2. How do I do it? [M.I.] [more inside]
posted by seanyboy on Apr 22, 2004 - 6 answers

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