Boosting wifi in laptops anyone?

Services for Real Estate Pros with Buy A Little Time LLC
I'm trying to figure out ways to boost my wifi signal from my laptop so I can get a stronger signal in areas outside my home.  I had thought about getting a card with an antenna, even though I have an internal card (but internal cards rarely work as well as plug-in cards with antennas), but was curious if anyone else has had success with any gadgets to boost a signal? 

Comments (4)

Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Jane, I haven't tested any of these but I'm told by a colleague in my office that they work.  You could try the Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander, available at some Best Buy electronics stores.  It's supposed to pick up a weak signal and re-transmit it to your laptop.  My friend says he's gotten decent improvement in signal with one of these.

Let me know if you have any luck with this or any similar devices.  Good luck!

Sep 05, 2007 04:44 PM
Jane Haas
Buy A Little Time LLC - Sand Lake, FL
But can it attach to the laptop?  I'm totally portable - not really working off my own wifi on many occasions. 
Thanks!  I'm sure i'm not the only one with this problem - realtors could use their laptops more often if they could boost their signal too, i'm sure!
Sep 07, 2007 07:19 AM
James Frazier
James Frazier Personal Development Coach - Rockford, IL

I got the g range expander and it has worked great. Now I get signmals everywhere on my property with good strong signals.


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Sep 07, 2007 11:05 AM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Give an external PCMCIA wireless card a test and if you are willing to spend a few extra bucks check out the Verizon broadband cards.  The cool thing about the Verizon cards is that they will work off your wifi system and if you are in an area that does not have free wifi you can simply switch to the cellular broadband feature.  These cards are generally $50 to $200 depending on which model you get and if you are willing to sign up for a broadband service account. 

Sep 08, 2007 04:49 PM