I live at an apartment complex which provided free wifi. My problem is I cannot get a good signal in my bedroom. In the living room my desktop (with a wifi Rosewill PCI-e adapter) gets an excellent connection, meanwhile my laptop which has had connection strengths on par with my desktop is struggling to maintain an identical connection 24/7. Most of the time both computers report 4/5 or 5/5 bars. However every so often my laptop drops to only 1 or 2 bars of signal which doesn't seem right.
I tried using the "dd-wrt" firmware to turn my working router into a 'wifi extender' or 'wifi amplifier'. That did work and gave me a strong connection from my bedroom for 1-2 days then it stopped working. Could the apartment complex some how have found this device and done something remotely to deactivate it?
Something else I found interesting is, on my laptop, when I get a bad signal, disconnect, then reconnect the wifi name changes by ++ and number to the end. ex: TP-WIFI -> TP-WIFI 2 -> TP-WIFI 3 and so on...
If anyone could help me out with any advice or suggestions I would be so grateful.