[SATLUG] OT: Wireless Networking

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Wed Sep 11 20:16:00 CDT 2013

I started looking in the manuals, but they really only address "this is 
where you can set the [blank] option" and they don't explain what's the 
purpose of most options or the pros & cons of doing things a certain way.

But thanks for the response.  I'll look at that.

Al Lesmerises

On 9/10/2013 10:07 PM, Joe wrote:
> I don't know a place for general assistance.   But, if the equipment is
> already in place, I would start with the manufacturer's website to look for
> a manual.  Other than that,  I know from experience that signal strength
> can vary based on environmental factors (interference from other devices;
> concrete/chicken-wire built walls, etc.)  And limitations of  the device (
> look at decibels reception between -95 and -100.  Closer to -100 is better;
> and wattage on output.  That is Rx and Tx respectively. )  beyond that,
> and after your initial setup, if you're not having a good experience,  try
> changing the channel manually.   Most try to automatically pick the best
> channel; but, I've setup many that didn't.   Changing the channel may not
> resolve the problem; but, it can be a "night and day" difference!   I hope
> that is helpful.
> On Sep 10, 2013 9:44 PM, "Alan Lesmerises" <alesmerises at satx.rr.com> wrote:
>> Does anyone know of a good resource (preferably on the net) on how to set
>> up a wireless networking (specifically the routers & such) along with an
>> explanation of what the different options are for?  Something more than
>> just security settings that would cover performance as well (data
>> throughput, signal reliability, etc.).  So far, all I've seen are the same
>> old stuff about not using WEP and some goofy mods to increase the antenna's
>> range using cut-up soda cans.
>> I'd like to understand why certain settings will help or hurt, and what
>> different optional components are useful for (without having to do separate
>> searches for each individual term).
>> TIA.
>> Al Lesmerises
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