I got a different laptop (HP Pavilion dv2000) recently because my other one broke and when I was in our room upstairs this HP laptop would not pick up the wireless signal from downstairs in the living room. I found this website to create a signal booster and WOW, the signal is VERY MUCH improved and the internet is a lot faster everywhere in the house. These things look corny but they really do a FANTASTIC job. http://revision3.com/systm/surfer/ Go to www.freeantennas.com and print out the "Ez-12 12 dB Parabolic Reflector Template V2.0". All you need is a manila envelope, glue, tape, scissors and the template.