I recently moved and am renting a room with a family in a 3 story home. My room is on the 3rd floor and the router and modem are on the first floor. The owner does not want to go through any walls with cables. I have limited or very low connection and have trouble getting on the internet. I have 1 or 2 bars. When I am on it, it is very slow to move from web pages or sites. The speed is only 12.0 MBPS right now. I feel like I am back on dialup! I have a desktop with windows xp sp 2. I purchased a Belkin N+ Wireless USB Network Adapter. I was temporarily using a borrowed Linksys Ultra Rangemax Dual Band Wireless N Network Adapter that did not get any better connection. They have a Westell modem and a Netgear Dual Band N Router and have a package plan from Verizon Fios.
Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions of anything I can do to improve my connection since I don't have any control over the router? Would it make any difference if I got a more powerful adapter? Is it possible for me to have my own router also without having a different service? What about a range extender? I see good reviews for this Hawking Technology - Hi-Gain 802.11n Wireless-N Range Extender at Best Buy. Would this be installed in my room or would it have to go with the router downstairs?
As you can see, I don't know much about this subject. In the past, I had Verizon DSL with a router they provided, and I had no problems.
Can anyone help, please?