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    SIgnal strength meter for wireless

    Could anyone, from personal experience, recommend a standalone, self-contained, not lap-top-based, reasonably priced, "wireless networking" signal-strength meter? Presumably it would have to scan the various channels and distinguish between any networks it finds in the vicinity...

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    Re: SIgnal strength meter for wireless

    What hardware are you running?

    Netgear: Improving Wireless Range: Testing

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    Re: SIgnal strength meter for wireless

    Although irrelevant, it's Cisco 350 at Chepstow CAB, and it comes with its own utility which shows signal strength and quality but I don't want to lug the PC system unit and LCD monitor through three dimensions just to find out if I can improve the signal strength by locating it five feet up at the side of a corridor! That's why I said stand-alone, non-laptop-based (presumably something the size of a Palm Pilot?). Interestingly, I came across that Netgear article in my travels.

    My idea was simply to do a "sweep" of the area with a small device to see if we could improve matters, say, by relocating the desk... (Or by installing a second Wireless Access Point!).

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    Re: SIgnal strength meter for wireless

    This device from Kensington would at least be a start - but it's only looking for signals, and their strength. Your request to determine between signals (you did want that, right?) wouldn't be accomplished with this.
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    Re: SIgnal strength meter for wireless

    Chris

    That's the sort of thing I was interested in, and for $30 (soon to be about
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    Re: SIgnal strength meter for wireless

    A couple more to ponder over, but I'm not sure of their availability in the UK, or their actual suitability for you...
    Canary Wireless Hotspotter
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    Re: SIgnal strength meter for wireless

    I was reading Slashdot this morning, and came across this post. I haven't read it completely, but I thought you'd find something in there usefull.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: SIgnal strength meter for wireless

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 29-Nov-04 09:18. Added URL code)</P>Engadget just did a review of 5 of these detectors, that John might want to look at:

    http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000317021795/

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    Re: SIgnal strength meter for wireless

    Chris and John

    You've both pointed to the same review, but by slightly different routes!

    Thanks, very interesting -- luckily I didn't buy the original Kensington device, which got slated! (UK meaning = rubbished, (err, garbaged?)).

    Thanks to you both! Have to wait for the Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter to be available in the UK, it seems...

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