[SATLUG] OT: Wireless Networking

Todd W. Bucy todd at bucy-medrano.me
Fri Sep 13 07:24:06 CDT 2013

I would start with the dd-wrt wiki.  but if you really want to understand
how wifi really works then you should also read up on antenna theory.  Im
sure one of the ham guys on the list could help more with that particular



On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM, Alan Lesmerises <alesmerises at satx.rr.com>wrote:

> On 9/11/2013 9:42 AM, Don Wright wrote:
>> Alan Lesmerises wrote:
>>> 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).
>> One setting that might matter is b/g/n protocol. If all of your
>> equipment supports 802.11n, then set everyone to 11n only. There is a
>> switching time between each mode to allow the different protocols to
>> coexist, If you're not interested in talking to an 11b device, then why
>> interrupt your stream to listen for those packets? Similarly, you may
>> get better actual throughput selecting 11b only if one of your devices
>> has a lot of overhead in a mixed environment.
>> Another potential glitch is USB wireless adapters that don't actually
>> shut down when the computer is "off". Many USB jacks continue to supply
>> power for device charging or wake-up events, and this can keep the
>> wireless adapter transmitting. Those device-to-device "can you hear me
>> now?" handshakes reduce the time available to send data.
>>    --Don
> THAT's exactly the kind of information I'm looking for. Definitely not
> something I could find in the device manuals. Thanks!
> Al Lesmerises
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