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Philip Meyer
2004-06-14, 17:30
My Wireless signal strength is 66 currently being reported as 66.

Is this good or bad? The PC is at the back of the house, close to the PC, monitor, behind a pile of CD's I've been meaning to tidy up, etc. The Squeezebox is on the top of the HiFi in the lounge, only about 8-10 meters away.

I've experienced it going as low as 46, averaging around 60.

I just wondered what this value related to in terms of available bandwidth throughput. Whilst I'm aware I've probably got loads of spare bandwidth, and haven't experienced any dropouts, I'm wondering if I'd be able to get another squeezebox for the bedroom on the same network.

Is there any way I can see what my maximum actual bandwidth is? I can't see anything in my network interface driver.

I'm using WinXP Pro. The wireless router is a Belkin 7630-4A.

Phil

Les Smithson
2004-06-15, 01:35
On Tue, 2004-06-15 at 01:30, Philip Meyer wrote:

> My Wireless signal strength is 66 currently being reported as 66.
>
> Is this good or bad? The PC is at the back of the house, close to the PC, monitor, behind a pile of CD's I've been meaning to tidy up, etc. The Squeezebox is on the top of the HiFi in the lounge, only about 8-10 meters away.
>
> I've experienced it going as low as 46, averaging around 60.
>
> I just wondered what this value related to in terms of available bandwidth throughput. Whilst I'm aware I've probably got loads of spare bandwidth, and haven't experienced any dropouts, I'm wondering if I'd be able to get another squeezebox for the bedroom on the same network.
>
> Is there any way I can see what my maximum actual bandwidth is? I can't see anything in my network interface driver.
>
> I'm using WinXP Pro. The wireless router is a Belkin 7630-4A.
>
> Phil
>


I used to run at 20 or 25%, and the performance was marginal at best. If
anyone stood in the line sight, I would get dropouts. I think this was
down to having 2 brick walls with foil backed insulation in between the
AP and the Squeezebox. Since I added a Pringles antenna, signal strength
went to 55% and performance has been rock solid. It even works while the
microwave oven runs.

I guess that your 60% is pretty good and shouldn't give you problems.



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seanadams
2004-06-15, 09:50
Phil,

The wireless signal strength is a received signal to noise ratio
measured by the Squeezebox. It doesn't correlate to actual bandwidth,
but it is a good measure to help with aligning antennas or moving
things around to improve signal strength.

Sean

On Jun 14, 2004, at 5:30 PM, Philip Meyer wrote:

> My Wireless signal strength is 66 currently being reported as 66.
>
> Is this good or bad? The PC is at the back of the house, close to the
> PC, monitor, behind a pile of CD's I've been meaning to tidy up, etc.
> The Squeezebox is on the top of the HiFi in the lounge, only about
> 8-10 meters away.
>
> I've experienced it going as low as 46, averaging around 60.
>
> I just wondered what this value related to in terms of available
> bandwidth throughput. Whilst I'm aware I've probably got loads of
> spare bandwidth, and haven't experienced any dropouts, I'm wondering
> if I'd be able to get another squeezebox for the bedroom on the same
> network.
>
> Is there any way I can see what my maximum actual bandwidth is? I
> can't see anything in my network interface driver.
>
> I'm using WinXP Pro. The wireless router is a Belkin 7630-4A.
>
> Phil
>
>
>

Philip Meyer
2004-06-15, 12:52
>Why don't you take the SB to your bedroom and try it out (using a
>headphone), before buying a second one. Your local environment is then
>tested in the very best way.
>I did myself (and I have about the same conditions as you described), and
>experienced no problems in performance, although signal strength dropped
>from 66% to about 34 %.
>
Yes, I will do that. I was worried though that if the signal strength dropped by half, that I might not be able to use two SqueezeBoxes on the same network.

Phil