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    Experiences with wireless routers?

    Rather than rip up floorboards and lay cable up walls and across ceilings, I'm expecting to have to fork out about
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    Re: Experiences with wireless routers?

    JohnGray:

    On the assumption that most of the wireless routers are about the same in terms of signal strength,etc., I can tell you about my current experience with an SMC Barricade router. It is in the basement close to the cable modem. There are two computers two flights up - a good 30 feet on the diagonal. I generally get the wireless client software reporting "good" to "very good" signal strength at the upstairs computers. The signal has to get past a steel beam and the metal hot air ducts to reach the upstairs computers.

    I spent a little time fiddling with the router antennas - the SMC has two and I think most routers are the same. As far as I know, the antennas propagate in a toroidal pattern ( a doughnut ) with the antenna sticking up through the "hole" in the "doughnut". This means that you should try to angle the router antennas so that the "doughnut" will hit your upstairs computers with the maximum strength ( the side of the doughnut ). I propped up my router so that I could get the best angle.

    Believe it or not, this did make a difference to my original setup that didn't pay any attention to these fine points. After all, there isn't a lot of power there.

    I don't know whether activating the encryption bothers it - I don't see why it should.

    Anyway, I am as happy as a pig in xxxx with my setup. Hope this is helpful. <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>

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    Re: Experiences with wireless routers?

    Hello
    I have a Dlink 713P supporting two laptops using PCMCIA (a DLink and a Symbol) roaming about the house (two story, wood). The router is in the upper front bedroom with a cable modem and server. We use the laptops outside on the back deck or front porch and all over the house with little or no problems.

    The only trouble I've had is when I added a 2.4ghz wireless phone. It causes the NIC's to drop link frequently enough for it to be irritating. I sometimes unplug the phone when I'm having trouble now that I've figured it out.

    My only two recommendations would be to keep all the hardware matched from the manufacturer and to stay away from 2.4ghz phones.

    Take care

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    Re: Experiences with wireless routers?

    Thanks, for your experiences, chaps - I'm more reassured now! John
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