Wireless Internet is an easy and convenient way of accessing the Web. A wireless modem or router takes an Internet signal and broadcasts it over the air, allowing wireless cards installed on computers to tune in Internet service without having to plug anything into the computer. Because wireless Internet works in this way, the quality and consistency of a wireless connection depends heavily on the physical location of the computer in relation to the wireless broadcast point. If you find that your wireless signal strength is not sufficient to maintain a consistent connection, the issue can usually be resolved using a few basic troubleshooting steps.
Reset the 2wire modem by unplugging its power cord for a full 30 seconds and plugging it back in. Certain intermittent technical problems on wireless modems can sometimes cause a temporary drop in wireless signal strength, so resetting the modem is the first step in boosting the 2wire's wireless strength.
Deactivate any wireless devices that may interfere with the router's broadcast strength. If you use a cordless telephone system that runs at the same frequency as your wireless router, for instance, it can deplete the wireless broadcast strength or cause loss of wireless Internet altogether. Inspect your cordless phone or other wireless devices; they should be printed with the frequency in MhZ at which they operate. If they match your router's frequency, make sure the wireless devices are completely turned off when trying to use wireless Internet.
Move the computer closer to the 2wire modem. Troubleshooting steps can help, but modems and wireless cards still have a maximum range that cannot be surpassed, so a final alternative is simply to relocate your computer so that its wireless card can more easily tune in the wireless Internet signal.