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Jason
2004-09-19, 14:29
I have had very poor results with 802.11a, it has less than half the range
of the 2.4ghz stuff and driver support seems pretty poor for many chipsets.



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Subject: [slim] When will 802.11g be available?

Christopher May wrote:

> Is there any difference in signal strength in b vs g? I have a wirelss
> network at work that always gives me dropouts, I think I have a lot of
> interferrence.
>
> Would I get better results if I went all b, or used a .g bridge and
> went all g?

Personally if I were going to go with a bridge anyhow I would seriously
consider 802.11a. Get out of the noisy, crowded, 2.4 GHz frequency band
altogether. Myself, I had lots of signal strength but my microwave always
killed PCM streaming. Just went wired for the two 'audiophile' hookups.
Have a wireless for streaming MP3s on the patio. You may also want to
consider powerline transmission if CAT5 is out of the question.

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Daryle A. Tilroe

Daryle A. Tilroe
2004-09-19, 15:15
Jason wrote:

> I have had very poor results with 802.11a, it has less than half the range
> of the 2.4ghz stuff and driver support seems pretty poor for many chipsets.

Range definitely depends on your situation. For example going through
many walls and floors vs. across a mostly open cube farm. While I can't
speak for personal home use I have seen studies showing that 802.11a nearly
always operates at higher data rates than 802.11b up until 802.11a completely
looses connection. Anyhow YMMV but in a high 2.4 noise environment; your and
your neighbours' cordless phones, microwaves, and access points; it might be
worth a try.

As for driver support I don't think this would apply with a bridge type
setup. There are no NICs and if a base station and transceiver from the
same manufacturer don't talk then you should send them back.

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Daryle A. Tilroe