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What factors affect signal strength? Answered

I made a signal boosting rig out of cardboard and aluminum for my router for my PS3 to access it ('cause I can't move the router in my current situation). So anyways it started out boosting a 17% average signal strength to a strong 50%. But now a couple of months later, it's maxing out at 23% and it's been happening for a couple of weeks now. Also, my ps3 absolutely refuses to work with anything below 25%. So what changed? I haven't moved the rig since I set it up and none of the furniture has moved either. The only factor I can think of is the changing of the seasons. Anything else that could of caused this?

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framistan (author)2010-07-19

So many things can affect it... Transmit level may have gone down. Neighbor installed a similar router on same channel? Solar flare "noise". Furniture positioning. loose connector at receiver? Lots of things.

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Re-design (author)2010-07-19

Have you changed the orientation of either unit lately. Your signal booster is directional now. The more it increases strength the more direction it is.

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Re-design (author)2010-07-19

Local interference from some other transmitter or malfunctioning electronic equipment.. That tesla coil your neighbor just built could be killing your signal.

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steveastrouk (author)2010-07-19

humidity can affect some signals perhaps ?

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