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Is it possible to be "too close" to a WiFi hotspot?

Is it possible to be "too close" to a WiFi hotspot?

The other person living with me happens to get consistently fast internet speeds than I do, despite the WiFi aerial (on the router) being perhaps 4 feet away from me.

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Guest [Entry]

"The signal from most Wifi routers and antenna go out in an doughnut shape, but the 'gap' in the middle (at the base station) would be smaller than 4 feet. You should hardly notice it at all.

If possible, separate your computer and router to approx the same distance as your friends, and see if there is a change in your speed. If there isnt, then the fault would lie with your computer.

It could be possible that you have improperly configured software on your computer that is causing your network connection to slow down. If possible, try booting from a 'live OS' from a USB drive and then test your internet again.

Another possibility (and the most likely) is that you just don't have enough system resources to achieve the faster speeds that your friend gets."
Guest [Entry]

"It is probably the better CPU and more RAM that is doing it... Technically, I suppose depending on aerial position, you could get a dead spot, but on standard routers which are omni-directional, I don't think this would be the case and it is more likely down to other factors such as browser addons etc.

I would advise (If you want to do this scientifically) you swap places and see if there is any difference, and after that, if you can... Plug in a new device via wire, and try to copy a file to it from both laptops of the same size and see if there is a difference in speed."