I'd always had issues with my wireless internet connection since I moved to my current apartment several years ago, and when Win7 came out my old Linksys adapter simply wouldn't even install (I tried at least 15 different drivers, some of them custom hacks that were touted to work 100%). Forced into the decision to upgrade, I figured why not go big, so I picked up a D-Link Extreme-N adapter and an upgraded tripole antenna to maximize the connection range & strength. It worked REALLY well, plus with the extra signal range I'd be able to mooch off a bunch of faster connections than my own.
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Until about two months ago.. the DSL modem/router at home started acting up - even when I can connect to it without losing the signal, I have no internet access at all. Verizon said the modem had died & sent a replacement, but the problems persist. Also, all but one of the other networks around me have gone WPA2, and the last remaining network has a one-bar signal and barely maintains a connection. I'm pretty sure the no-internet problem is exclusively a problem with Verizon's shitty DSL and until I move OR convince my landlord to upgrade to Cable or FIOS it's never going to be resolved. So mooching is my only real alternative right now, and that's becoming a pain in the ass. The only thing that seems to keep the connection steady is a constant (once every 2-3 days) repositioning of the antenna and/or the pole configuration. I'm really losin' my mind on this one.