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Scott Harris
2004-02-03, 14:02
Hello,

I have been having problems with poor wireless strength (between 8% and
25% usually, never higher than 25%). I have a 802.11g Linksys router,
and I also use an 802.11g card in my laptop. I've never had wireless
problems with the laptop... very high signal strength there, so I am
assuming that my problem on my Squeezebox is because of it's particular
location or configuration.

I experience a lot of dropouts and song-stops when I play my music.
Sometimes it will run for an hour okay, and other times it will not play
at all. I notice that the time display on the front panel (when off)
also doesn't stay accurate very much... it will skip 2-3 seconds at a
time. So it's pretty clear to me I need a better signal into the device.

I was going to upgrade the antenna to a Netgear 5dBi Omni-directional
antenna, and wondered if anybody else had done this successfully.
Ultimately, I could hook the Squeezebox in using a wired CAT5, but this
is my choice of absolute last resort, since I'd have to tear through two
floors to get to the router upstairs.

For reference, I'm running the server on a wimpy Win98SE machine with
300 MHz and 64M memory. But I've never had a single problem streaming
to my WINAMP on my wireless laptop from the WIN98 SLIM server, so I
assume that it really isn't the server or router MTU settings.

Any help or similar experiences is appreciated. I scanned all the old
discuss emails, but I didn't find much evidence that upgrading the
antenna might or might not help much.

Thanks,
Scott

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Scott Harris
http://scott-harris.org
801-730-5559
scott (AT) scott-harris (DOT) org

seanadams
2004-02-03, 17:43
Scott, this may be a loose antenna connection inside the squeezebox, or
a bad antenna. Please try removing the antenna and seeing if signal
strength changes.

On Feb 3, 2004, at 1:02 PM, Scott Harris wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I have been having problems with poor wireless strength (between 8%
> and 25% usually, never higher than 25%). I have a 802.11g Linksys
> router, and I also use an 802.11g card in my laptop. I've never had
> wireless problems with the laptop... very high signal strength there,
> so I am assuming that my problem on my Squeezebox is because of it's
> particular location or configuration.
> I experience a lot of dropouts and song-stops when I play my music.
> Sometimes it will run for an hour okay, and other times it will not
> play at all. I notice that the time display on the front panel (when
> off) also doesn't stay accurate very much... it will skip 2-3 seconds
> at a time. So it's pretty clear to me I need a better signal into the
> device.
>
> I was going to upgrade the antenna to a Netgear 5dBi Omni-directional
> antenna, and wondered if anybody else had done this successfully.
> Ultimately, I could hook the Squeezebox in using a wired CAT5, but
> this is my choice of absolute last resort, since I'd have to tear
> through two floors to get to the router upstairs.
>
> For reference, I'm running the server on a wimpy Win98SE machine with
> 300 MHz and 64M memory. But I've never had a single problem streaming
> to my WINAMP on my wireless laptop from the WIN98 SLIM server, so I
> assume that it really isn't the server or router MTU settings.
>
> Any help or similar experiences is appreciated. I scanned all the old
> discuss emails, but I didn't find much evidence that upgrading the
> antenna might or might not help much.
>
> Thanks,
> Scott
>
> --
> Scott Harris
> http://scott-harris.org
> 801-730-5559
> scott (AT) scott-harris (DOT) org
>
>
>