Is there a tutorial somewhere on how to expand the wireless? Second router maybe? I was told by a tech that it should be strong enough to read one block away...I can't access it 30 feet from the house.
It does seem a bit low if the maximum range you can access your wifi is 30 feet. Modern routers will have a range from up to 80 to 300 feet. That depends on which modem protocol you use (it should say either B, G or N on the modem). More info on modem protocols can be seen at WiFi Interference.
Look around your router for anything that could be interfering with the signal. This could be something such as a big screen TV, stereo speaker or cordless phone. Make sure your router is also off the ground with nothing blocking the signal.
If you have a stronger router than the Shaw wifi modem, we could bridge (turn off all router functions) for you. You could then use your own router for those functions instead. Other options are to use a wifi extender (as at WiFi Extender) on something such as Powerline which converts your electric sockets into internet sockets.
Thanks Lance. I'm trying to access internet in our detached garage. If removing interference and possibly relocating the modem does not work, which of the above choices would be the best solution?
Do you have metal in the walls between the house and the garage? Wifi signal doesn't travel well through metal. Metal will deflect the signal so not as much makes it through to the other side.
A lot can also depend on the positioning of the wifi modem or router. If it's on the far side of the house from the garage, it will result in a weaker signal.
If none of those work to improve the signal, you'll find that a wifi extender might have the same issues if it has to pass through metal or over sources of interference (actually, extenders use half their signal to receive the signal and the other half to send it so it isn't necessarily a strong signal to work with). If your garage uses the same electric source as your house, Powerline (and similar products) might be the best.
Here are some options:
Retrieving data ...