F-13 qnw wireless routers -

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Fri Aug 13 23:09:35 UTC 2010

Bob Goodwin wrote:
>     This is a current updated f-13 computer connected to our home LAN. I
>     have been using a Buffalo Airstation WLI-TX4-AG300N, essentially an
>     Ethernet wireless adapter to access the system. I recently bought a
>     Netgear WNDR330 dual band "N" wireless router and am having a lot of
>     trouble getting it to perform as advertised. This is a less than 20
>     year old typical two story frame house. I would expect the walls to
>     be essentially transparent to RF energy.
>     Normally the distance between the router and the wireless adapter is
>     less than forty feet and there has been no problem operating in the
>     2.4 gHz band however I find that with equipment located as it has
>     been for several years the new router will not function at that
>     distance in the 5 gHz band. In fact to get any connection at all I
>     have to reduce the distance to about ten feet which pretty well
>     negates the advantage of a wireless system. I decided several years
>     ago that running cables in this house is out of the question.

>     Does anyone have experience with a similar system? I would be
>     interested to know if my observations are typical or if I have an
>     equipment problem. I am considering obtaining a different wireless
>     adapter device to replace the Buffalo unit since it is the only
>     thing unchanged here.
>     Any suggestions or observations will be appreciated. I feel,like I
>     am operating in a vacuum with no one to consult.

When Wireless-n was approved I bought a cheap Rosewill AP from Newegg and a USB 
dongle, and a PCI USB card so I could learn ad hoc networks. I am in an 1895 
three story Victorian house, my computer room is on the 2nd floor. I bought this 
equipment because it was cheap and I could return it. Haven't yet.

I work all over the house, on the porch, in the back yard, it's all good. My 
usual workplace is a recliner in the library, in front of the TV. Get 100Mb or 
so, not bonding, little of what I do needs speed, but dead reliable.

I hope this is similar enough to be useful.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
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