Spam prevention
Rainmaker
1,069,291
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I have used and highly recommend the external antennas from Alfa.  You can find a variety of them on Amazon here.  I have used mine quite often while traveling to connect to the free wifi across the street from the hotel (when mine charged), the Starbucks two doors down while I'm eating somewhere w/o wifi, free wifi while I'm parked in a parking lot while working on the road.

 

Alfa external antennas are very highly regarded and recommended between techies too.

Mar 06, 2018 09:56 AM
Rainer
67,732
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

I use to be in IT, so sorry for all the questions.   What type of WiFi card do you have?  What bands does it support.  B, G, N, AC.  What fequency does it support, 2.4 Ghz and or 5 Ghz?   2.4 Ghz reaches further but is a more congested frequency, best to use 5 Ghz, les range though. Does reception loss happen at all hotspots or just certain ones?  How about when your closer to a hotspot?  Do you know if the hotspots limit speeds on their end?

 

I know of nothing that boosts the reception side.  Other things could affect wireless signal like a high energy motor or compressor that kicks on.  Maybe someone turned on the microwave. 

 

Most laptops that have a WiFi card have two wired connections that connect to a hidden wire behind or along the sides of the screen.  The wires could have gotten damaged or disconnected.  Could also be the wireless card itself.  Maybe it got fried.  They are fairly easy to replace.  Maybe try swapping it out with a new one.  You could also disable the internal wireless card and purchase a USB wireless dongle.  See if that fixes it.

Mar 06, 2018 08:11 AM
Rainmaker
929,537
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

I had one a while ago did not find it to be of much use. a while being years. Comcast hotspots are pretty good so I don't worry much. I'll tether to phone if needed.

Mar 06, 2018 09:06 AM
Rainmaker
2,586,241
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Parked and Reading. 

I've had no need for this. 

Mar 06, 2018 08:31 AM
Ambassador
3,396,179
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have one that I use with one of my laptops when working at one of my volunteer places where the wifi from the library across the street is a bit weak.

They do help and they are not very expensive, check out walmart and see what they have available.

Mar 06, 2018 08:27 AM
Rainmaker
3,729,530
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

David,

I wish you had asked this question when we had no internet do to fire and floods and lived on hot spots.  A big Thank you to Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA  for the answer.  A

Mar 06, 2018 04:35 PM
Rainmaker
1,347,336
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Mac or PC?

Mar 06, 2018 10:53 AM
Rainmaker
1,373,410
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

That's like an ancient kind of thing that I used to use when phones were not 1/2 of what they are now. Eons ago I used to get my internet thru that little antennea in the USB. Don't even know if they have that stuff anymore.

 

Mar 06, 2018 10:23 AM
Rainmaker
598,096
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have a micro cell tower from AT&T and it works amazing.

Mar 07, 2018 05:46 AM
Ambassador
4,003,026
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I have used NetGear's plug-ins in my 'wide' home, David Martin - and it has worked well.

Mar 06, 2018 08:59 PM
Ambassador
2,532,454
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I can honestly say I've never heard of such an animal! Anxious to see what others have to say, David!

Mar 06, 2018 07:25 PM
Ambassador
3,667,917
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have no idea. I have had wi-fi cards get weak and replacing them gave me the boost I needed.

Mar 06, 2018 07:02 PM
Ambassador
2,714,501
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I never ever use unsecured wifi so I have no need.  I use my phone as a hot spot and my speeds are exceptional.

Mar 06, 2018 02:52 PM
Rainmaker
4,267,268
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

beyond my paygrade....

Mar 06, 2018 08:39 AM
Ambassador
2,055,738
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 See the answer from Shawn and Angela Miller 

Mar 06, 2018 08:24 AM
Rainmaker
4,606,385
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Blog about your selection.

Mar 06, 2018 07:59 AM
Rainmaker
3,526,367
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have not used any, and hot spots are usually good.   Reading comments.

Mar 09, 2018 07:58 AM
Rainmaker
4,254,487
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sorry, I have no experience with these.

Mar 07, 2018 06:09 AM
Rainmaker
2,650,882
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Looking for the same recommendations!

Mar 07, 2018 06:05 AM
Rainmaker
4,002,181
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea.

Mar 07, 2018 03:30 AM
Rainmaker
3,589,094
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am looking for the answwer

Mar 06, 2018 06:57 PM
Rainmaker
2,394,199
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've not needed this in my house so have never looked for it. Will read responses with interest.

Mar 06, 2018 08:34 AM