View Full Version : Squeezebox+wifi+XP = serious dropouts

2004-03-26, 21:11
I live in downtown Chicago, and have to say within my building, I can pick
up at least 10 APs using WINC on my iPaq. I had an SMC AP that worked very
well, but I wanted speed and went to a Linksys 54G AP. It had terrible
performance, and continually dropped connection. I sent it back for
exchange and the new one works great. Some items I ran into: Use a
different SSID for your AP instead of "Linksys" and use a channel other than
6 (I'm on 11). Still, if you are in a crowded area (like an apartment), you
can still expect dropouts, but they should be very rare. WEP didn't work
for me (kept dropping the connection), so I filtered the allowable MACs to
only let my cards in. Nobody else can connect, so I feel fairly secure.

Good Luck

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Electric Slimpy
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2004 10:11 AM
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] Squeezebox+wifi+XP = serious dropouts

Some additonal info.. While rolling back to v5.1.1 I had some issues and
reviewed the wifi
config on the squeezebox. The wireless signal strength would start high and
end up in the
single digits within a few seconds.

I now have the squeezebox and the AP 4 feet apart. Signal strength was still
low so I switched
from channel 10 to channel 1. Signal strength is only 17-24%. I verified
the low signal strength
with my laptop wifi. Further investigation of the AP revealed a Beacon
inteval set to 1000 ms
rather than the default 100 ms. Changing that to 100 ms increased the
signal strength as
reported by the laptop and the squeezebox to 100%. BTW, Linksys tech
support recommends channel
6 or 11.

I am not sure if this will fix the problem (since this improvement may just
be a symptom based
on how the strength is calculated) but am holding off on switching him to
ethernet. I will
report back either way.

Thank you!

--- Electric Slimpy <electric_slimpy_land (AT) yahoo (DOT) com> wrote:
> I have had GREAT success with my Slimp3 under Linux over the past couple
of years and currently
> drive it via WIFI (WAP11 + WET11).
> Unfortunately, a friend trying to mirror my results with a Squeezebox
under XP has
> had LOUSY results and his situation needs some serious improvement.
> On a daily basis he has drop-outs. Sometimes the music just stops, other
times there is
> a message on the squeezebox about not being able to contact the server.
He says that it does
> often happen after a period of inactivity.
> I have tried many releases and nightly builds since he purchased in
December. I
> increased the priority of the Slimserver service as suggested in the FAQ.
> I just reviewed the FAQ again and find the documentation very lacking
compared to how many
> times I see related issues on this mailing list.
> I have suggested that he drop the WIFI for now and go to ethernet to see
if the
> problems resolve. I am about to cable that up for him. He is pissed
because he bought
> the AP specificaly for the Squeezebox and he feels like he threw money
> He is running XP on an Athlon XP2200, 256 MB ram, WAP11, WET11. I have him
on channel 10 to
> avoid a couple of weak AP's on channel 6. He has these problems even when
the windows box is
> completely idle.
> Thanks for any help!
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