I have at home a laptop I use that has a Linksys PCMCIA network card, and a desktop system for VunderWife that has a Linksys PCI wireless card with an antenna.
This set up has had problems for quite a while with directionality, which I assumed to be because of the orientation of the desktop masking the radiated signal. I had to use my notebook in the dining room in order to get a reliable signal, instead of the desk in the bedroom where I want to be.
About 2 weeks ago, a lightning strike fried my cable modem, so while I was out getting a replacement, I found a wireless router for $50, and got it, too. I figured that with 2 antennae and high placement in the other bedroom where the desktop system resides this would solve my directional sensitivity.
Didn’t work out that way. Now, in order to connect to the router signal, I have to be REAL close, on the order of 3 - 5 feet. The desk I want to use is about 30’ away, and the dining room table is about 25’. There are no walls to go bedroom to bedroom, but 3 walls between bedroom #2 and the dining room table. I have no problems if I use a wire connection to the router.
I have separate SSIDs defined between the router and the desktop, different channels, and different adresses for allowed connections, so I can tell them apart. The router is a Belkin, with up-to-date firmware.
Does anyone have any ideas about the setup, and how I can get it to work?