How can two computers in one room have different wireless strength?

I have a Time Capsule that is a few years old. I also have a MacMini that is about 5 years old. I moved the Mac Mini from one side of the room to another in front of the window. When the Mac Mini was in its old space the wireless strength showed all the bars. Now that it is in the new area it shows 2 to 3 bars. What makes it even stranger is if I am using my Macbook Pro at the same time the other computer is on even in another room it has the wireless strength showing all the bars. How is this possible? Why is this happening? What could be causing this problem? Help!!

There are 3 antennas on the old TC.. around the 3 sides.. none in the front where the ports are.. Wireless is highly affected by location and how many antennas it directly sees.. if there is any material in the way of direct line between the two.. any metal wlll reflect signal.. that includes the metal frame inside the TC and the metal parts inside the mac mini.. so small orientation changes hugely affect wireless.  !!
And water like dampness in bricks.. or even including the meat popsicles hitting the keyboard, sitting between the TC and the client computer will absorb the wifi. You are after all 50-70% water.. all wifi takes place in direct line.. get into the line and your body will be the barrier. The antenna in the Mac Mini are also located somewhere probably around the sides.. make sure you align them so a person can see from one to the other and orientate it so the antennas (hidden) can see each other.. plastic is invisible to them. With nothing in the way.
Laptops have better spaced and superior type antennas.. and probably a totally different wireless card.
It will also depend on the band it uses. A 5year old mini .. is that G or N wireless?? If N wireless then it is probably single band ie 2.4ghz.
The laptop if recent may use either 2.4ghz or 5ghz.
So you see there are many factors.

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