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    best wireless software for my laptop??

    i am using my laptop in my condo, and i am tired of trying to guess how good my wireless signal is.
    the wireless connection icon in my tray, and the "view wireless networks"
    or "status"
    is all i have to check if i have a signal. liek the 5 bars on a cell phone basically.
    it sucks.
    is there a better software program that will work well with my windows XP
    version 2002 service pack 2
    liek something that will tell me what percent of a signal i have, and if i need to slouch over on the couch, or work at the foot of the bed instead of on my pillow, or hold one arm in the air while i am surfin the net, etc.
    i am tired of having wireless but having to be in the same room as the signal.
    i know theres hotspots in my condo, but i need to have a better program to help me pinpoint them!!
    and whats the best external wireless card if i want to get a better one, like one with a big antenna on it?? are they any better????


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    wow nobody knows computers huh...
    i found netstumbler.
    that helps.
    but curious if i can change my card to one with better reception.
    nobody knows a good card , perhaps with an antenna jack??

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    you can use a directional attena if you want to sniff other networks, it will assist you in pin pointing networks and give you greater coverage.

    kismet is a very good passive sniffer but it is unix only.
    winpcap is what net stumbler and co use on the wintel platform and it is broken is certain aspects so if you really want to poke around wifi networks do it with kismet.

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    some of it depends to if your laptop has an 811b or 811g wireless card. I don't know th emake or brand, but if your running an 811b card and the signal out out by the hotel is 811b, it could suck.....I had an old Dell laptop [5100]...it had a 811b card. signal pickup sucked for the most part at alot of hotels. I never dropped a signal, but quality was low even at home on our various signals in the neighborhood. now, our new apple has an 811g, it is day and night. I even put a new wireless card in my daughters desktop that is 811g and it picks up great.

    Here is a good explanation over it> http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/w...11standard.htm

    Here are the two most common types of cards/standards

    Pros of 802.11b - lowest cost; signal range is good and not easily obstructed
    Cons of 802.11b - slowest maximum speed; home appliances may interfere on the unregulated frequency band

    Pros of 802.11g - fast maximum speed; signal range is good and not easily obstructed
    Cons of 802.11g - costs more than 802.11b; appliances may interfere on the unregulated signal frequency
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    ok, i'll pull my card tonite and see what it is...
    if i buy a new card is it easy to configure, just plug it in??

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    we have a base desktop computer, that puts out the wireless to the laptops...

    then on those It shows us. Not really sure, if you don't have a desktop.. although, if you can't get answers here.. call like a local computer guys

    we call Geeks on Wheels... cheap, great guys, local... and they work it out

    -This is if you can't get a solid answer from someone here...

    also sign up to some Computer forum online... that may help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lextoy View Post
    ok, i'll pull my card tonite and see what it is...
    if i buy a new card is it easy to configure, just plug it in??

    plug and pray.

    download the latest driver suite from the manufacturers site as the drivers they ship with them are always way out of date.

    uninstall the old one before hand as well via devcie manager.

    for some reason i thought you wanted to sniff wifi networks but now it appears you dont so disregard my post above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lextoy View Post
    ok, i'll pull my card tonite and see what it is...
    if i buy a new card is it easy to configure, just plug it in??
    yup, plug and play. Most new cards have the newest and fastest Firmware. dirt cheep too. Just installed a new acrd on my daughters desktop. piece of cake. Turn on PC, Remove panel on back that covers the cad slot, install new card, donwload CD software and run. It even has an antenna on the back.
    Here is what I just bought her http://cgi.ebay.com/WiFi-802-11g-WIR...QQcmdZViewItem
    Last edited by RX951; 12-17-2007 at 09:09 AM.

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    if you need a enw card, look at the ones i listed below, take your pick and i will get you special green hulk pricing on the m


    http://www.cdw.com/shop/search/resul...n=4008773&sr=1

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    Also Lextoy, since it is a laptop, Region8Ultra has a link above ^ showing some nice PCMCIA cards that will slide right in a slot on your laptop that you can just plug in
    Also, most new wireless Firmware and Software are backwards compatible.

    Thanks for the link Region.
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