Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 : Drop in Wireless Signal Strength In Another Room


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Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 : Drop in Wireless Signal Strength In Another Room

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Hello Everybody,

I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 from a dell retailer in my country(India), the laptop is awesome and works great except for the wifi part where I am experiencing some problems.

I am using a Belkin N150(Basic) Router(150 MBPS-Wireless N), which is placed atop my refrigerator in my living room.Now when I am sitting close to the router in my living room(about 1 meter) the Wi-Fi connection quality is excellent !( 80-100% connection strength and 150 MBPS speed), however when I move to my bedroom which is hardly 2-3 meters away from the fridge(With a wall in between), the connection strength drops to 40% and the speed reduces to half(around 75 MBPS). I am also experiencing frequent connection drops in the bedroom.

I am not able to understand whether this a problem with my router or my new laptop....?, previously I had an HP laptop which worked just fine in the bedroom.My phone also picks up a good signal  in the bedroom.

My Dell laptop uses a Dell Wireless 1705 wireless which is a single channel 2.4 Ghz adapter, whereas my previous HP laptop had a dual channel(2.4/5 Ghz) adapter. Does this problem have something to do with the less capable wireless adapter in my Dell Laptop..?

I would really appreciate some help here.

Thanks In Advance,



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  • Abhijit.Mkhj,

    Belkin routers sometimes have problems determing the difference between WPA-PSK(TKIP) Security(Personal) and WPA-AES

    Your Dell Wireless 1704 WLAN Half Mini-Card works on 2.4GHz ONLY

    Go to Drivers & Downloads enter your service tag number, then select your operating system. Under Network, download and install the latest drivers.

    Try these tweaks....

    Start, control panel, device manager. Click on Network and then right click on your network adapter, left click properties, power management. Uncheck the box, allow computer to turn off this device to save power.

    Click on advanced, look for Antenna Diversity. Change it from Auto to Aux.

    Click on advanced, bandwidth capability, change it to 20/40mhz

    Go to the power options, and changed the Wireless Adapter Setting, from Maximum Power Setting to Maximum Performance.

    If you still lose the connection, when you leave the room, I would suspect one or both of the Antenna wires on the wireless adapter may have come loose. Since the system would be under warranty, I would contact the place of purchase to see if they could check this.



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