How can I improve the Wi-Fi reception on my HP laptop?

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The only way I can connect to the internet is through the Wi-Fi system run by the complex I live in. It can be really tough to receive and then maintain a connection so I was wondering is it possible to hack an antenna to the on-board Wi-Fi card?

Or would a USB adapter work any better, since it is not underneath the laptop?

I have read some articles on MakeUseOf but few are directly related. Any help or ideas are appreciated!

HP ProBook 4530S running Xubuntu 12.04.2

Thanks, Brad

  1. Oron Joffe
    May 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Some good answers above. The issue of location (or more accurately, the relative location of the laptop to the Wireless access point) is critical. Here are a few things you can do:
    1. Get a USB WiFi adaptor and experiment with aerial location. You can do this either by getting an adaptor that will take an external aerial, or by using a simple adaptor and a USB extension cable (my preferred option, much simpler!).
    2. Get a WiFi repeater, and place it somewhere between your laptop and the access point.

  2. Jim Chambers
    May 5, 2013 at 3:03 am

    With WiFi, location..location..location is so important. Try moving to another part of your residence, except the kitchen (too much metal and RF noise). Have you tried the Linux WiFi driver from http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=ca&prodNameId=5060882&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=5060880&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=2020

  3. ha14
    May 4, 2013 at 8:09 am

    the speed that you will get is the speed provided by the router if it is 802.11b then this is what you will get. You can use enhanced usb external wifi for your laptop.

    How Can The Wi-Fi Signal Range of a Laptop Computer be Improved?
    http://compnetworking.about.com/od/wirelessfaqs/f/wifilaptoprange.htm