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    Hello,
    My daughter has a HP Pavilion ZD 8205US Notebook PC. It has Win XP Home Edition Service pack 3.
    She has been having trouble getting more than 1 or two bars on her wireless connections in her new apartment and I was wondering if that would be improved if she had "N" along with B/G Wylan.
    She does not want to take it in to the shop to get a new wireless card.
    Is there a USB product that would give her B/G and N and hopefully extend her wireless connectivity range ?
    Do I have to disable the current wireless card or is there a USB product that is compatible with her computer ?
    Thank,
    Parmour

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    Hi Parmour and welcome to the Lounge!

    You mentioned your daughter lives in a new apartment. In apartment buildings there can be several other wireless users nearby. The close proximity of wireless signals such as in an apartment complex can possibly cause interference. If her wireless card is a b/g, then it should have good strength in an apartment setting.

    I would go into the router setup and change the channel the wireless is broadcasting on to see if that makes a difference. The most popular channel is 6, and most routers come configured with channel 6. If you set hers at 1 or 11 if it is on 6, there will be no overlap in signal, and you might see the strength of the connection increase.

    I use wireless g in our three bedroom house and our church is rather large and we use wireless g there, and both locations have plenty of signal strength.

    I would check this out before purchasing a USB Wireless device for the laptop. Even if you buy one with Wireless n capability, you will not get the benefits of the n speeds and range unless your router supports the wireless n standard.
    Deadeye81

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    Hi Gerald,
    Thanks for you help. I will check it out to see if it helps.
    Later,
    Phil

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