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Andy Dannelley
2004-12-12, 22:16
Hi

I'm still fighting with my wireless network. I've come to the
conclusion that maybe I should install a second wireless network just
for music!

I have a couple of questions, and am in need of a good resource to do
some research.

I think part of my problem may be related to signal strength, so maybe
I need to have a network with more repeaters. My network is currently
an AIrport Extreme network with mixed G and B wireless cards in
different computers. I have a basestation nad a repeater.


I'm thinking I can just put up another network, and and only allow my
Slimp3 and Squeezeboxes to access it, and maybe use two repeaters to
get additional signal strength.

Some of my questions are:

1. How much BW will I eat up in having one base and two repeaters? (it
will be at B speeds since the players are all B devices)
2. How much BW does each stream take for each Slimp3 and Squeezebox?

If I can find answers to those questions, maybe I can design a network
with enough signal strength to get the signal to the players and not
have dropouts.

What wireless router/access points would be good to use?

Airport Express?
Linksys?
Netgear?

Obviously I want the most "bang for the buck" but I also want easy
configuration and maintenance. Right now the Airport Express is easy
to manage for me with my Mac (I have an all Mac network except for one
Windows used by my son for gaming). So good Mac support is important
to me.

Thanks,

AndyD

Avi Schwartz
2004-12-13, 07:30
Andy Dannelley wrote:

> Hi
>
> I'm still fighting with my wireless network. I've come to the
> conclusion that maybe I should install a second wireless network just
> for music!

Since this is the first message I read on this subject, I don't know what kind of problems you have with your wireless network, but I am using my wireless network for both music streaming (Slimp3 and Squeezebox) and regular computer access in a mixed Mac OS X/Linux environment. I am using one Airport Extreme as the base station and 2 Airport Express as repeaters so that I have good coverage all over my house.

One thing though about the Airports. They are very sensitive to
microwave interference. Turn on the microwave and the rooms surrounding
the kitchen lose their connectivity while it is working.

Avi

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