[internetworkers] expanding home wireless
craigduncan at entuend.com
Wed Dec 22 17:53:21 EST 2004
Until this evening, I had a similar problem - wireless router on one side of
the house, TV room diagonally opposite on a different floor. Following the
advice from the list and quick search on the Linksys web site, I stopped by
Best Buy on the way home and picked up a set of more powerful antenna. In
addition, I purchased the remote stand so that I could mount them on the wall
away from furniture and other obstacles.
The net result of the antenna alone was that I could move anywhere in the
house and get a connection, but the signal strength was poor. So I changed
the channel on the router from 6 to 9 and voila, 54Mb/s at the farthest point
in the house from the access point. You may also wish to experiment with the
position of the antenna.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"entuend" Nickname:"entuend"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.452 GHz Access Point: 0F:0F:96:99:14:00
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power:13 dBm
RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr=2346 B
Link Quality:100/100 Signal level:-77 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:126 Invalid misc:20853 Missed beacon:0
Hope this helps, ymmv,
On Tuesday 21 December 2004 03:38 pm, Paul Jones wrote:
> the case: a working wireless network using a single linksys wireless
> router, but part of the house that beyond the fireplace and chimney is in
> a dead zone. machines involved are all powerbooks with airport (not
> airport extreme) cards.
> goal: to get beyond the bricks.
> second wireless router? probable double nat difficulties
> add antenna to linksys? suggestions on how?
> move linksys? maybe but not easily
> go with 802.11g transmitter? even tho the laptops have only 802.11b will
> it work?
> Paul Jones
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