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jkouns
2005-01-11, 22:33
First off I love the Squeezebox. But, I have to admit I am struggling
with the wireless in this thing big time. When the Squeezebox is
wired it is working perfectly. However, over the wireless I have
loads of connectivity issues.

I have already been through all the other basics to get WEP,
shared-key, etc. I am finally at least connected, but typically it
doesn't last long. I have very weak signal strength and it constantly
drops off and complains that it can't find the slim server, and
doesn't auto reconnect.

I have checked all of the connections and everything is looking good
internally. When the Squeezebox is sitting right next (side by side)
to the AP, I have 92% signal. When I move it to the next room (not
far at all), it drops to 30% signal. I usually get a song or two and
then it will just cut off.

I had a DLink DI-524, updated firmware, etc. And it was so horrible
that I couldn't use it. So, from some reading in the lists, it
sounded like some people had luck with the Linksys and I knew I could
hack it to increase the Xmit. So, I went out bought a new Linksys
(WRT54G) and also bought the 7dBi high gain antenna kit. The signal
strength was still crap, but I noticed a big improvement on the number
of drop outs, although they are still happening. Just not as often.

So, to try to improve the signal strength (i keep hoping that better
signal strength == less dropouts) I then loaded up Satori-4.0
v2.07.1.7sv for the firmware, and bumped up the Xmit Power to the max
84 (default is 28). And the signal strength for the SB barely
improved at all....... I am shocked! Also, now the drop outs seem to
be much higher....

I have been reading the lists like a champ and just wanted to say
hello, get involved and share my experiences... hopefully, we can
figure out what is up with the wireless, otherwise I guess I will
return it and just get a normal wired version... figuring out how to
run the cable is going to be brutal. =(

Some questions:
1) Any other wireless device I have is getting incredible signal right
next to the SB. Why is the SB only getting 30% signal..... ?

2) Anyone found the best settings, vendor for the AP to get this thing
working a little more consistent? I saw a previous post in another
thread with some info, any updates?

Thanks guys!
--Jake

seanadams
2005-01-11, 22:48
Jake,

We just learned of a problem in some recently built Squeezeboxes where
the antenna did not get good reception unless it was moved to the other
connector on the internal wireless card (there are two connectors).

If you're comfortable opening the case, please try switching to the
other connector. Otherwise please contact support (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com and
we'll arrange a replacement. If you don't have a torx T10 screwdriver,
you can also use an allen wrench or a small flat screwdriver to open
it.

Sean

On Jan 11, 2005, at 9:33 PM, jkouns wrote:

> First off I love the Squeezebox. But, I have to admit I am struggling
> with the wireless in this thing big time. When the Squeezebox is
> wired it is working perfectly. However, over the wireless I have
> loads of connectivity issues.
>
> I have already been through all the other basics to get WEP,
> shared-key, etc. I am finally at least connected, but typically it
> doesn't last long. I have very weak signal strength and it constantly
> drops off and complains that it can't find the slim server, and
> doesn't auto reconnect.
>
> I have checked all of the connections and everything is looking good
> internally. When the Squeezebox is sitting right next (side by side)
> to the AP, I have 92% signal. When I move it to the next room (not
> far at all), it drops to 30% signal. I usually get a song or two and
> then it will just cut off.
>
> I had a DLink DI-524, updated firmware, etc. And it was so horrible
> that I couldn't use it. So, from some reading in the lists, it
> sounded like some people had luck with the Linksys and I knew I could
> hack it to increase the Xmit. So, I went out bought a new Linksys
> (WRT54G) and also bought the 7dBi high gain antenna kit. The signal
> strength was still crap, but I noticed a big improvement on the number
> of drop outs, although they are still happening. Just not as often.
>
> So, to try to improve the signal strength (i keep hoping that better
> signal strength == less dropouts) I then loaded up Satori-4.0
> v2.07.1.7sv for the firmware, and bumped up the Xmit Power to the max
> 84 (default is 28). And the signal strength for the SB barely
> improved at all....... I am shocked! Also, now the drop outs seem to
> be much higher....
>
> I have been reading the lists like a champ and just wanted to say
> hello, get involved and share my experiences... hopefully, we can
> figure out what is up with the wireless, otherwise I guess I will
> return it and just get a normal wired version... figuring out how to
> run the cable is going to be brutal. =(
>
> Some questions:
> 1) Any other wireless device I have is getting incredible signal right
> next to the SB. Why is the SB only getting 30% signal..... ?
>
> 2) Anyone found the best settings, vendor for the AP to get this thing
> working a little more consistent? I saw a previous post in another
> thread with some info, any updates?
>
> Thanks guys!
> --Jake
>

Marc Sherman
2005-01-11, 23:19
Sean Adams wrote:
>
> Jake,
>
> We just learned of a problem in some recently built Squeezeboxes where
> the antenna did not get good reception unless it was moved to the other
> connector on the internal wireless card (there are two connectors).

Hmm, interesting. Is there a range of serial numbers that this issue
effects?

- Marc

seanadams
2005-01-12, 00:02
On Jan 11, 2005, at 10:19 PM, Marc Sherman wrote:

> Sean Adams wrote:
>> Jake,
>> We just learned of a problem in some recently built Squeezeboxes
>> where the antenna did not get good reception unless it was moved to
>> the other connector on the internal wireless card (there are two
>> connectors).
>
> Hmm, interesting. Is there a range of serial numbers that this issue
> effects?
>

Not OTOH - this is fresh info as of yesterday. A few people recently
reported issues, and one customer helpfully reported that it was
perfectly resolved by using the other connector. Another customer
confirmed the fix based on this suggestion - we've addressed the issue
in production already. That's all I know at the moment.