improving range, signal strength for WMP11
grail at goldweb.com.au
Sat Apr 27 19:49:20 EST 2002
On Saturday, April 27, 2002, at 10:01 , Jim Carter wrote:
> I'll bet a higher location is better, about head level, because file
> cabinets, refrigerators, people's feet, etc. tend to block the signal at
> floor level.
Put the access point in the ceiling, immediately above the center of
mass of the house. Or move it around a bit to find where you can receive
signals from it best. Or move it to provide best coverage to the places
you're most likely to need it.
Be aware that the dodgey antennae used in consumer grade equipment have
really woeful radiation patterns. You'll find signal strength varies
depending on which way you're sitting, and which way the access point is
facing. Put the access point in the roof space, or as high up as it
will go inside the house. Take your laptop out into the garden, and see
how far away you can sit before losing signal. Rotate the AP in 45
degree increments and you'll get some rough idea of the radiation
pattern of the AP's antenna - make sure you sit in the same spot facing
the same way.
I had fun playing around with a couple of WaveLAN cards, but they were
in desktop boxes so I didn't have the luxury of wandering around the
garden with one ;)
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