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Wifi in an Apartment Complex

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by amitroy5, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. amitroy5

    amitroy5 Network Guru Member

    Hello. My apartment complex is filled with wifi networks which are all secured, composing of channels 1, 6, and 11. One refresh detects 20 of these networks, thsu causing a lot of interfearence.

    I have two access points next to each other (one is a WRT54GLv1.1 and the other is a Standard Netgear Wireless-G router version 6)

    The WRT54GL is in G-only mode and it broadcasts at Channel 11 and the Netgera broadcasts in Mixed at Channel 1.

    However, I want to make sure I have a more reliable network in the apartment. Unfortunately, compromising with others is not going to help improve the signal. So, the best way is to fight fire with fire.

    What are wasy to boost my Wireless signal and make it stronger? Thanks!
     
  2. n3tfury

    n3tfury LI Guru Member

    flash DDWRT on your GL since it sounds like you have the default linksys firmware. this will allow signal boosting.

    also, i don't understand why you have two AP's in an apartment. that's a bit overkill, unless you're hotspotting or something, but even then, having them side by side?
     
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    As your neighbors all seem on channels 1, 6, 11, it's better perhaps to run your wireless net on channel 3 or 4, and if you need another channel maybe 8 or 9 or so, provided your equipment can do that. Your signals, from the 2 APs next to one another, are then spaced at least 6 channels apart, so they should not interfere with one another.

    Further, if you have enough signal degration/attenuation from the channel 1,6,11 sources, i.e. if you are far enough from them, you should have very little interference on your channel 3 or 4, or 8 or 9.

    A fire-with-fire approach normally leads to an evil cycle, where everybody tries to make his/hers the strongest.
     
  4. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    I would have to agree that boosting your signal is not an effective way to solve this issue. Why don't you just set our 2 APs as preferred on your comps and so it will always go to them first if it sees them. If the problem is from signal degredation from too much interference, upgrade your antennas to higher gain ones, and then maybe bump your signal up a tiny bit. Boosting transmit power is one of the last things you would want to do t increase range. Always start with higher gain antennas, preferably on both the AP and client if possible. And then of course if u find out that you stll don't have enough power, get an external amp (which of course needs to be liscened...right ;) ).....ok, now to get off my soapbox and into the gutter.....then of course if u just wanted to be an arsehole, and the other networks are unprotected, you could always jsut go and shut off all the wireless capabilities on as many routers as you can get into ;)
     
  5. MWWInc

    MWWInc LI Guru Member

    Like HennieM mentioned, you need to be able to select a channel other than 1, 6, or 11 to cut down on the interference. I also agree with n3tfury that DD-WRT is something good to look into, but not for the signal boosting features, which isn't the solution to your problem in my opinion.
     

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