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How to get faster wireless speed to my PS3

Discussion in 'PS3 - Modding & Hacking' started by cp1966, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. cp1966

    cp1966 Regular member

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    I have a Actiontec DSL modem/wireless router from Qwest. It features 802.11G wireless capabilities. The modem is on the first floor of my house, on the east side.

    My PS3 is in the basement, one floor down, and near the west side of the house. Below my modem in the basement is the utility room (furnace, hot water heater, air exchanger, etc...).

    I get a 47-52% signal with my Actiontec and I am always dropping the connection. Downloads take FOREVER.

    Today I bought a Linksys wireless N router. I got it all hooked up to my Actiontec and re did the PS3 wireless connection. The signal is the same and I am still dropping the connection.

    I was under the belief that "N" was much, much better tha "G". Is it possible I did something wrong? The PS3 does recognize the new "network" of the Linksys router, and I did turn off the wireless connectivity on the actiotec.

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. ddp

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    moved to correct forum as not a pc hardware issue.
  4. KajNrig

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    Your PS3 and router are just too far away from each other, I'm guessing.

    You can get a wireless bridge and place it between your router and PS3 and see if that helps matters any. That's the setup I'm using, and my PS3 has a decent connection. Not 100%, but better than 50%.

    It's a thought.

    That or move your PS3 closer to your router. It's a hassle, I know, but it'd at least boost your connection.
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    N is more than twice as fast as G, but the PS3 only has G, so the N on your router is being wasted, just set it to G, as the N could be the reason it is throwing the signal off

    There are a number of solutions to your problem, power supply networking, super long ethernet cable, Wi Fi booster and what KajNrig said, though none of that will give you N.

    Saying that a new device is being released for the PS3/360, which will give both devices N.

    My personal favourite is ethernet is the best way to go, it is the most stable, and the PS3 has a gigabyte port
  6. cp1966

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    Sorry DDP I was thinking this was more of a router (PC Hardware) issue more than a PS3 issue.

    At this time running a ethernet cable is not an option, nor is moving the PS3 closer.

    I will try setting the router to G only and se if that helps. I knew the PS3 was only G, I was under the impression that this N router would simply supply a stronger signal, even for G. Maybe a bridge will work. Do they make a bridge that simply works as a booster to realy the signal wirelessly?
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    Mad Catz just came out with a N gaming WIFI receiver for the PS3 and 360. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10398996-1.html

    If you don’t want that, I Red Neck fixed mine to boost the connection %. Take 1 piece of construction paper, glue tin foil to the paper, take another piece of paper and glue it to the other side of the tin foil. Wrap it around a Pot until it dries. You wind up with a C shaped dish. More Red Neck stuff. Tape your new Dish to the back of your Router antennas to focus/direct all signal towards your PS3. I got %15 increase by doing this.

    If you do not have any B or N devices in your house, turn B and N off.

    You can also purchase a range extender and place it somewhere between the router and PS3.

    Red Neck way is Free. You may still have a problem with PS3 to Router.
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  8. cp1966

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    I checked the madcatz link. Looks interesting.

    However, will that give me a better connection since the router is "N"? Or will my signal strength stay the same?
  9. glassd

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    N's range is slightly better. It does not necessarily transmit further but instead works with multiple signal threads and can flip flop to the best connection or use multiple connections. I’m sure there are better explanations than this.

    There are WIFI range extenders like the Linksys WRE54G but that would cost you @ the same as the new Mad Catz N router. But the Mad Catz N unti would not solve you distance problem. Sounds like the range extender would be your best bet.
    Try the Red Neck fix also. It's free.

    Any metal or thick structures between your devices will degrade your signal. Moving your PS3 a little can change your reception.
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  10. cp1966

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    I ordered a highlyrated Asus range extender from newegg. Many very positive reports that it really extended the signal. It should be here on Monday. I will give that a shot.

    I also tried setting the PS3 on end butthat didnt really change anything either.
  11. glassd

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    Be sure to log how things worked for you. Someone will for sure have the same problem as you and be able to see how you brand extender worked for you.

    A Viagra add will now appear over this post due to the Extender word.
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