If 15-20ft is normal than I'll have to try something else. That's kinda lame for my purposes. I have a Minty-Mote remote set in a toy robot that gets much better reception using just an H-Bridge to control the motors. I can maneuver this around the corner and into another room without moving. http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Big ... ontrolled/
It only transmits one press at a time.
But, this bot has 4 motors to run. That's why I used the motorshield this time.
The only circuitry is Arduino and Adafruit motorshield. Nothing else. Esplora and Xbee seem to be my only alternative for decent wireless. Expensive though.