Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 1,057
    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
       15 Oct 2016 #1

    Poor Wifi on a desktop PC


    I have a big old desktop PC. Huge metal coolermaster cm storm trooper case. I connect to internet via Ethernet. Works well. But when I ordered the custom built machine I asked for an internal dual band wifi card just in case i had to ever move the machine where it was unfeasible to run a wired connection. Out of curiousity I today screwed in the three antenna which were supplied to the back of the PC (with great difficulty reaching the tight space) and then joined my wifi on it. Just gauge its working ok if needed. At this point it's worth noting we use wifi at home all the time on our consoles and Apple devices and it works well with strong signals and good throughput. But on the desktop machine I was testing it was terrible. Barely able to connect and when it did it was at speeds of less than 10 megabits. and this is even with my access point in the same room!

    is this because the antenna are right round the back of the PC (largely metallic case) with no clear line of sight to the access point? I suspect this is the case and clunky desktop PC are not suited well to wifi. I just remember we had a gaming laptop in this very room sometime ago which had absolutely no issues using the home wifi
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Joined : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 2,961
    EL Capitan
       15 Oct 2016 #2

    It depends on where you have the antenna placed for the desktop. If it is inside the case, you need to put in an external one. Also the Wireless radio on your Gateway has a lot to do with it.

    If you plan on gaming, look at going with Dual or triple antenna Wireless-ac for the computer and your connection to the router. You can go to smallnetbuilder.com for further information.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 1,057
    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
       16 Oct 2016 #3

    The internal card is triple antenna ac. But I think because they screw into the three holes right round the back of the PC there is massive attenuation. I think to make the wifi useable I need to extend the cable from the back so the antennas have a clearer line of sight. Trouble is finding a solution. Three long cables coming from the back to three separate antenna which are non standing!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,284
    win 10 Insider
       16 Oct 2016 #4

    I presume you can't swivel the comp around to test the theory?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 1,057
    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
       16 Oct 2016 #5

    Unfortunately not. The storm trooper case is colossal (in hindsight a regrettable decision !) and just about fitted under the desk. Just getting round the back to access something is quite a mission.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,284
    win 10 Insider
       16 Oct 2016 #6

    Checkout drivers. Google that card with win 10.

    Find an extended aerial? I've got one on the end of a wire.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7.    16 Oct 2016 #7

    See if you can borrow a wifi extender/repeater to put next to or close by the PC and see if it makes any difference to the signal strength?

    Otherwise there are single aerials that you can buy with long leads that you screw in-place of your current ones and then place them anywhere you want , many have magnetic bases , but they generally aren't that cheap.

    Found this as an option...

    TP-LINK TL-ANT24EC5S 5m Antenna Extension Cable: Amazon.co.uk: Computers Accessories
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Joined : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 2,961
    EL Capitan
       16 Oct 2016 #8

    Scottyboy99 said: View Post
    The internal card is triple antenna ac. But I think because they screw into the three holes right round the back of the PC there is massive attenuation. I think to make the wifi useable I need to extend the cable from the back so the antennas have a clearer line of sight. Trouble is finding a solution. Three long cables coming from the back to three separate antenna which are non standing!
    You should be able to get the extension wires to allow you to place the antennas up high. What is the mfg and model of the card inside the machine and what chipset is on the wifi?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 2,961
    EL Capitan
       16 Oct 2016 #9

    Wullail said: View Post
    See if you can borrow a wifi extender/repeater to put next to or close by the PC and see if it makes any difference to the signal strength?

    Otherwise there are single aerials that you can buy with long leads that you screw in-place of your current ones and then place them anywhere you want , many have magnetic bases , but they generally aren't that cheap.
    That is not going to solve their problem. They had to move the unit, so there is no easy way to put a wired device in the area. Going with Ethernet over Power adapters are bad if you are wanting speeds for media streaming or gaming.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10.    16 Oct 2016 #10

    bro67 said: View Post
    That is not going to solve their problem. They had to move the unit, so there is no easy way to put a wired device in the area. Going with Ethernet over Power adapters are bad if you are wanting speeds for media streaming or gaming.
    Please re-read what I wrote , I didn't mention PoE or wired devices , powered wifi extender.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Solved Poor LAN wifi speed
Hi, My wifi connection between my PC and my router seems to be kind of slow as it reaches max around 50 Mbps. I'm not talking about my internet speed but about the speed between my PC and my router. I have this setup - Archer T4U USB 802.11 ac...
Network and Sharing
Desktop loses internet (ethernet) and other wifi devices stop working
Hey there, Have been having this problem for a while. I'll try to make a long story short. I'm on a personal build computer running x58 chipset. Originally installed Windows 7. Have upgraded to 8, 8.1, 10, and then 10 anniversary addition. The...
Network and Sharing
Remote Desktop Connection - poor resolution
When I connect from my laptop to my desktop via Remote Desktop Connection client, the resolution becomes poor - the text is not smooth (the colors look OK). I went to Remote Desktop Connection/Options/Display, colors are set to Highest Quality,...
Network and Sharing
Show airplane mode switch on wifi menu on desktop computer
I will be keeping the wireless turned off most of the time on my desktop, as I use it for live pro audio. Is there a registry hack to put the switch in there, even if the computer is not a laptop???
Network and Sharing
Windows 10 WIFI settings tab missing on my desktop pc
Hello. I recently accepted an invitation to get free Windows 10. I was accepted and it seems to have installed just fine. Right after installation I poked around in it and found "Settings" where, among other things, I found settings to stop...
Network and Sharing
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:12.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 10 Forums