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Which wireless type of network are you running at home?


Which standard is applicable to your network ?

  1. 802.11A

    2 vote(s)
  2. 802.11B

    9 vote(s)
  3. 802.11G

    85 vote(s)
  4. 802.11N (draft)

    24 vote(s)
By Didou ยท 90 replies
Jan 20, 2008
  1. Pos_Dell

    Pos_Dell TS Rookie

    does anyone have any good tips on how to make my connection faster?
  2. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    Where exactly are you experiencing slowness? Give some details on what you see versus what you want to see.
  3. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    I have a D-Link DSL-G604T, It supports 802.11 b & g. I have it broadcasting mixed as my mums iBook requires the b as it doesnt support g.

    Security wise I only have MAC filtering on, no one lives close enough to me to use my connection anyway.
  4. Pos_Dell

    Pos_Dell TS Rookie

    well i just noticed my xbox connection is always shi*** and sometimes my net just raelly legs...more or less like everyday

    edit by LNCPapa to remove profanity
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    25% increase now in wireless signal using G mode only

    Layout 4

    Front view

    Upside view

    Router (top)

    Has taken a while to get this to work right, but the results a better now that the wireless is showing 20% boost under Wireless Mon 3.x. As you can see near the right ANT I have use 5/8 thick heater core hose to isolate any EMI/EMF or radio noise onto the Ethernet Cables. All power cords are away to the sides prior it was on the floor. Coax is away from the Ethernet.

    DIR-655 wireless G/N router
    NETGEAR FS608 10/100 switch (only G & 100 routed)
    NETGEAR GS605 10/100/1000 switch (only gig routed)
    Cable Modem 43mb/s down max

    Highest in 2008 with DLINK DIR-655
  6. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Very neat - and you are going to upset a load of Brits with transfer rates like that!
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Ran speednet test a few times using Layout 4...





    Note I wasn't even using the recommended server..
  8. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    LAN speeds are cooler than WAN speeds when dealing with wireless. If you can't saturate your Internet connection on your wireless AP, something is bogus.

    Show me some PC to PC transfer speeds with your setup.
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Nothing is bogus about WAN to LAN or LAN to WAN..

    I just shot a video using speedtest (download/upload) and uploaded it onto youtube (also compose music) standard and high quality viewing is also available)

    LAN to LAN PC to PC transfers I use Teracopy (uses 256kb) over the gig transfers it saves about 2 seconds off the 10 seconds using XP copy for a 300MB file so that would be 8 seconds.
    I really don't have to use Teracopy (freeware) but someone had pointed it out to me. Next time I do another large transfer I'll post the video on youtube so you can watch it move!

    25 mb/s
  10. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    I didn't say bogus. I said LAN to LAN is more interesting. Wireless is what I do, both as a hobby and a profession, so I like to see how techs who take it above and beyond off-the-shelf are accomplishing things.
  11. hamerboy1

    hamerboy1 TS Rookie

    2 wire

    Running a 2-wire 802.11bg supplied by ATT . Not as fast as it used to be but house is only about 1000 square ft.
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Well the same here but good to know what's going on today.. Prior years with the dial-up from 2400bps to what's available to today is better still we all got a long way to go. What I do to here might not work for some but it working. Still WAN downloads speeds among my peers seems more present, than LAN to LAN transfers. LAN to LAN and WLAN to WLAN I've tested that using multi-player setups with the 5 nephews on a mix wired and wireless . I always wanted to know how that works. I had not lag problems so that's a good sign right there.

    I also stream media over the network to 7x media network players at 100mbps so roughly 66mbps.
  13. X DarthMonkey X

    X DarthMonkey X TS Rookie Posts: 76

    D-Link DL-540 (old router lol) and 64bit WEP with mac filtering. Like another responder, WPA2 didn't work well, but I didn't even bother with WPA.
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Tested Wireless G


    Here's what I get in my place using G mode only using channel 6 on 3 wireless access points where 2 uses dd-wrt. Testing was on old laptop I use for wireless monitoring.. The dlink with 11 is someone else that I pickup. I also can pickup Rescue (EMS station about 1 mile away) They use channel 3.
  15. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Project - How to Isolate Wireless Radiation from interfering with Ethernet Cable


    The above image shows you how to isolate the radiation from the wireless ANT away from the Ethernet cables for WAN, and two switches connections. I just re-did the above a few hours ago. This is as thick as I can find to cover up the Ethernet cables using 5/8 heater hose used on cars. Without the above looking at 10% reduction with the above 10% increase with the wireless. Now I have to run more test to see how the rest of the wired connections go.. So far so good..
  16. Tocapet

    Tocapet TS Rookie

    I use a peer to peer network whenever one peer has to go, the other one has to wait his turn.
  17. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    P2P networks are very risky unless you have total control over all the computers in the network and all systems are adequately protected with appropriate antivirus software and firewalls. Unguarded P2P networks are conduits for viri and other nasties.
  18. Tocapet

    Tocapet TS Rookie

    Heater hose is not going to shield much RF energy. You should run the cables down behind or in front of the router instead of up between the antennas. You could shield them with metallic braid. As high up as you have that router, you could even turn it upside down and let the antennas hang down and still have good results.
  19. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 838   +28

    I use a Linksys WRT54G with a WEP key, but I installed a 3rd party firmware on it. Cant remember which on it was though, might have been DD-WRT but that sounds wrong. Anyways, I kept having issues with bit torrents crashing my router if I had to many connections (one particular weekly torrent with 2k+ seeders :p). Something about Linksys routers trying to remember all the IP's you have connected to or something like that. But changed out the firmware, works great.

    I have it in a rather bad place for wireless though, its behind my tv in a jumble of cords :p, but i never use the wireless on it, use hardwired for my 2 desktops and laptop. But few times people have had laptops at my house and used wireless, it worked great for them so it works.
  20. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    I've tested it that way and the way I have it now.. Signal strength % is better the way I have it now. 100% where the router is basement - 75% first main floor - 65% on second floor.
    200FT 360 degree radius using wireless laptop showing outside very good, some spots had shown Excellent. That's what the above image. The Rubber above is very thick.


    Another way of mounting all of this is to use a block drop so that router is push off the wall. The Drill hole for WAN, LAN 1, 2., 3, 4 ports loop those down in a block drop where the use of Ultra flat Ethernet cable could be use in place of the current default.
  21. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Best build a system to use as P2P only that can also have a tight security software on it. Then you'll be all set. That's what I do. Bad to run everything on one system you use for personal and daily stuff.
  22. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112


    latest results from indoors on the main floor.. next one outdoors
  23. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112


    This is about 100 to 200 feet from the house outside


    This is about 250 to 300 feet from the house outside
  24. wilcan888

    wilcan888 TS Rookie

    Im using prolink adsl firewall wifi router and linksys wap54g as a repeater to increase the range, fortunately im not having trouble with it, im using wep 128bit with hex key.
  25. platycat

    platycat TS Rookie

    Using a linksys WRT310N gigabit edition, my storage is all downstairs in my rack... but I got tired of plugging in my laptop to get decent throughput.
    I use WEP128 encryptoin because I often bring older laptops home for repair that will not support WPA
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