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wifi issue Answered

I PURCHASED MY MOTHER, who lives 200 ft from me, a DSL subscription to share. The phone company innstalles a WESTELL 327w router and I have a sony Vaio VGN-NW310F laptop.  Even though we had no clear line of sight, I still occaisionallyy got one and RARELY 2 bars. 

The 1st thing I did was bought a Hawking HWUN3 wifi booster which plugs right into my USB. Great idea in theory, but it made no difference and was possibly even worse.  Plus, Hawkings Customer service is absolutely heinous, pitiful, and incompetant.  So I returned it. Funny...when i bought, it took 5 minutes for them to extract the money from my account, but 6 weeks to return it..but I digress.

I then upgraded the antenna on her router with a LINKSYS HGA7S 7dba antenna which helps a little, which is to say I get 1 or 2 bars more relliably. I can get email but the signal is still too iffy to do much else.

question is this:  I am willing to mount something outside and run a USB cable inside, or is there something INSIDE that will pick up/amplify or carry the signal to the laptop - either by means of a USB cable or not?  Also, is there software required?

I am a disabled vet and this laptop is one of the few things I have, so I need help!  I'd prefer responses to my email, jb0579@yahoo.com  (and that's a zero after the 'b', not the letter 'o'.

what can I do to get  a stronger AND more reliable signal?  As Ferris Bueller's teacher Ben Stein would say..."Anyone?.....Anyone?....."

What's my best option here, folks?  Also, if there is a better place on this or any other site to post this, lemme know!!!

Jim

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