wireless signal strength

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by dr. t, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. dr. t

    dr. t Guest

    I installed Ultimate on my Dell Inspiron 9400 (Intel 3945 wireless), and noticed
    the signal strength only shows 3 of 5 bars despite my laptop sitting less than
    three feet from my WAP. Speed is good, but I'm wondering if anyone else has
    experienced a similar issue. This wasn't the case with XP Pro, and I don't think
    it was with Beta 2/RC1/RC2, but I can't be sure. I realize it's likely a driver
    issue (the latest Vista driver from Dell), but it seems odd.

    dr. t, Feb 19, 2007
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    Pavel A. Guest

    The function that maps numeric signal strenght value to graphic bars
    is different in XP and Vista (and it changed from beta to RTM)
    so there is no reason to worry, if everything else works.

    Pavel A., Feb 20, 2007
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    Sucka Guest

    I have the same thing on my Dell E1405 with Intel 3945ABG. Using the
    wifi gadget, it never goes above 60% signal strength, and never above
    "good" with 3 bars. I've also found this to be weird considering the
    fact i'm 7 feet from my router with a direct line of sight. I'm using
    the latest firmware for my router, and drivers for laptop, i haven't
    figured it out...
    Sucka, Feb 20, 2007
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    Kato Guest

    Kato, Feb 21, 2007
  5. dr. t

    Kato Guest

    Sorry about the previous post I'm new to this forum.

    Anyways here is what I have experienced and found so far I have a Dell
    Inspiron 640m and a HP Pavilion dv9000 both running Vista and both using
    Intel Pro/Wireless 3945abg mini-card's. I too am getting a max signal
    strength of 60% and have searched endlessly for a solution but yet to find
    one. I think I have narrowed it down to a driver issue for either the
    mini-card wan port or the mini-card, most likely the port because I have also
    tried another manufacturer's mini-card with no luck.

    Now the reason why I think this is the issue is because my brother is also
    running Vista on a gateway tablet PC and gets 100% plus a number of other
    friends get that result too. After investigating a bit they all use an Intel
    Pro/Wireless mini PCI card not to be confused with the mini-card I have.
    Also I do have another friend that just got an ASUS laptop with the same
    mini-card that I have and also gets 60% signal.

    So I guess I now have two choices:
    1: Live with it until Microsoft, Intel or whoever is responsible comes up
    with a solution.
    2: Spend some money and attempt to resolve it with a USB wireless device.
    I'm curious to see if this one works I pretty confident it will.

    So if anyone can find a solution for this one I would be very grateful
    because I really don't want to use an external device.

    Kato, Feb 21, 2007
  6. Hi,
    I too get the same signal strenght problem on my Vaio laptop. I am running
    Visa Ultimate with the Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG wireless card. I noticed
    there was a software update on the sony support website specifically for the
    wireless features (not sure if it actually updated the drivers) and i
    installed it. It didnt solve my problem.
    I read something about the power saving features in Vista that could affect
    the wireless card's behavior.
    but i m also still stuck at 60%.. :(
    Amir Javasoul, Mar 8, 2007
  7. I have a D-Link wireless card and not only does the Vista driver not
    have SuperG but the connection I get is only fair. The machine is
    just across the room and when I have Windows XP PRO the connection was
    always excellent.


    On Thu, 8 Mar 2007 12:34:48 -0800, Amir Javasoul <Amir
    Alfred Kaufmann, Mar 21, 2007
  8. I day or so ago Windows updated the driver for the DLink wireless
    card; I get an excellent connection now but still no SuperG mode.

    Also still no Vista driver for their GBit lan card.

    Alfred Kaufmann, Mar 25, 2007
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    Az Guest

    I guess I'm having the same problem too. I have a PC and a laptopn at home.
    One running on VIsta and the other XP, both on the same desk but showing
    'good' for Vista and 'excellent' for XP. I don't understand why. I tried
    every solution found on the internet and nothing works. I'm using LInksys
    WCG200 Cable Gateway, tried resolving the issue with Microsoft and HP here in
    SIngapore, and none can come up with any solution. Suprisingly, they don't
    even know of this issue at all! AFter much research on the internet, I found
    many users having the same problem. I raised it up to them and they will look
    into it. Till today I'm still waiting for thier phonecall. In the meantime, I
    just have to sit and live with this slow connectivity which is driving me
    crazy. I wouldn't have upgraded if this issue was made known to me....
    Az, Mar 28, 2007
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    Az Guest

    I have found the solution by MYSELF and had it posted. Let me know if it works.
    Az, Mar 28, 2007
  11. dr. t

    Az Guest

    Go to INtel website and download the latest driver. After that, update the
    driver manually from wireless adaptor properties. It should work.
    Az, Mar 29, 2007
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    JJSchm Guest

    Where is this solution posted?
    JJSchm, Apr 3, 2007
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    dchang.usa Guest

    For vista upgrade the drive to 11.1, fixed my problem.
    Intel website:
    dchang.usa, Apr 19, 2007
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