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Are there issues with upping the power output?

Discussion in 'HyperWAP Firmware' started by finaltable, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. finaltable

    finaltable Network Guru Member

    I have two WAP54G's set up as a wireless bridge between two buildings at a church. This church sits in a lower income residential area with no outside Wi-fi activity detectable by Netstumbler running on my laptop. I've had occasional complaints from the remote building that their Internet access is slow and discovered that the connection loses about 1 in 15 pings sent across the bridge. If I get out an extension cord and get the two APs about 20 feet closer I can go ten minutes without losing a ping so I am guessing I am right on the edge of the built in power level's capability. I am about to install the HyperWAP firmware which will give me access to much greater power outputs. Given these options, is there any reason not to crank it up all the way? While I suspect that a minimal increase in power will probably get me a better connection, will I suffer if I keep going up?
     
  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    whatever you do dont do it without another antenna.


    get the hg7at or whatever it is for both models it should be enough.

    if you must upp the power dont go to high the little radios cant handle great power output for too long and you will find yourself buying 2 more routers


    i have active (fan) cooling on my WRT54G and it is fine running whatever power it highest( i dont)

    if you have any kind of a budget buy a range expander for the wireless there built for that ....

    but dont just up power without antennae you WILL lose BOTH boxes after a month or so....

    <50mw max with new antenna and no cooling.


    experience is speaking here
     
  3. finaltable

    finaltable Network Guru Member

    Is one antenna per WAP enough?

    I bought one of the sets of two antenae and put one each on the units and then set antenna diversity to the one big antenna on each. Given your recommendation I think I will be simply adjusting it up slightly until the dropped pings go away rather than crank it up all the way. Thanks for the info. That is why I asked in the first place.
     
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    When you increase power, you are also increasing noise levels and may cause interference on nearby potentially new wireless networks. By going up to the point you get a reliable connection as you are doing is the best way of doing it. Directional antennas, will be the best alterative, of by placing a reflector behind the antennas will increase the range with no increase in power output. You can find descriptions of reflectors at www.dslreports.com.
     

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