The signal reception in my parents house is terrible and they have a pretty good router, but I think the explanation is that it's placed in a very bad place, i.e., a far corner of the house. I bought some equipment to amplify the signal and it is OKAY for regular surfing. Would not have traded from it, although I have done so a few times with small size and a cell phone for back-up. No drywall, though. And a big fireplace / brick wall. I think you might mix me up with someone else. But maybe I should.