If Windows says my signal strength is poor, is my bit-rate lower than if Windows says the signal strength is excellent? I have poor signal strength and I have:
1) raised my access point to clear obstacles 2) Made sure the transmitting and receiver antennas are vertical so polarization is optimized
I suppose my next step is buying a longer antenna with higher dbi or dbd. I could also find the access point manual and see if the antenna is somewhat directional and orient to my receiving antenna.
But if poor signal strength does not affect my bit rate, I should probably be ok.