#172455 - 06/17/0404:16 AMRe: Wireless signal
Do you have the base station set to a specific channel, or Automatic? You might try experimenting w/different channels. I was beginning to see some uneveness in the signals on my DT and PB on Automatic channel selection — especially since a new network (a neighbor, I think) began showing up in the AP drop-down. After some trial & error, I found that ch. 9 gave me a steady 5x5 signal on both machines — even on the PB outside on my stoop.<br><br>
I'm connected to a D-Link router, and I'm not sure of how to change the channel. I'll putz around with it for a bit and see what's possible (although right now I've got a pretty steady signal )<br><br>
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As others have mentioned, there's an awful lot around the house that can be running at 2GHz. I use VTECH cordless phones in my house and they share the same frequency as WiFi. I noticed that if I have my computer near one of the phone base stations, the WiFi communication ruins the reception on the phone; so it must work the other way around too. As long as I have my WiFi base station on one wall and the phone base on the opposite wall, with my computer not near the phone's base station, I haven't had a problem since.<br><br>As an extra piece of advice on WiFi signal: Try to pick a central point in the house for the base station/router so that no matter where you are in the house the signal between the computer and the base station have to travel through as little building material as possible. If you put the base upstairs on the North side of your house and you're working downstairs on the South side of your house—even if it's theoretically within range—you're going to get a highly degraded signal. This is because the signal is "cutting" a very shallow angle through all the materials in your sub-flooring, electrical, plumbing and ceiling materials. If the base were in a central location upstairs or downstairs, no matter where you went, the signal will cut through walls and flooring at greater (closer to perpendicular) angles and therefore have less degradation in quality.<br><br>
Have you tried playing with the channels on the base station/phones. We have WiFi, and a Panasonic 2.4GHz phone side by side and don't have any problems with them. There are actually two 2.4GHz phones in the house and none of them interfere.<br><br>
I believe the phones don't allow manual selection of the channel, so it's best for me to just leave them be. I haven't had a problem except for the time that my laptop was open directly in front of the base station.<br><br>
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