v4 cannot use channel 13?

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by entropy, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. entropy

    entropy Network Guru Member

    Hey guys. Figured I'd try out this firmware, seems to work great. Except one thing. I noticed, on my computer, I do get better signals if it's on channel 13. So that's where I put it. Little did I know that my parents' computer refused to even SEE the network.

    A bit more digging, turns out the driver was weird. 2.2.3.something. What? It's supposed to be higher than that...

    The included disc wouldn't even run. Why? Apparently, even though they were bought at the EXACT same time, that card is v4. Mine is v2. There are a ton of options missing from the Advanced tab, too. But on channel 13, it must be smart enough to not connect. What gives? Is there a way around this?
  2. Celeron

    Celeron Network Guru Member

    Channel 13 is illegal to use in the USA. I wouldn't suggest using it. Channels 1 - 11 are your only options.
  3. Celeron

    Celeron Network Guru Member

    Oh, a general rule, use only channels 1 or 11. THe other channels bleed over between each other. 6 used to be recommended as well but it was found that it bleds into channels 1 and 11.
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    if you do want to you channel 13 the drivers for the cient device have to support channels 12 and 13 also. the EU drivers should work though the US limits its channels from 1-11.
  5. entropy

    entropy Network Guru Member

    First of all, why IS it that 12 & 13 are illegal in the US?

    And why can the latest drivers for v2 handle it but not v4?

    Will EU drivers even work on my US card? Or do I not gain any better reception using 13? I don't really care one way or the other, it just seemed to work better for some reason...
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Ask your governemnt :)

    depends on if there is an EU driver for the V4 card i suppose. you can only but try.
  7. avediswolf

    avediswolf Network Guru Member

    Just FYI:

    Channels 12 and 13 fall outside the frequency range allocated by the FCC for unlicensed use. If one uses channels 12 and 13, it could interfere with radio transmissions that are for only licensed use.

    Though, not recommended, I don't think something low power like a router will cause many problems, and no one will probably ever know, but it is not legal, and if you do cause any interference, the FCC will usually give you a warning first, Not always though, and the fine for transmitting on a frequency requiring a license starts at about $7500.00. If one interferes with emergency communications, such as police radios and such, that fine can start at $10000.00.

    I have an amateur radio license, so I get alot of information on unlicensed radio activity, here is a snipit from an enforcement letter I saw online:

    Please be advised that operation of radio transmitting equipment without a license is a violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. Section 301, and will subject you to fine or imprisonment, as well as seizure of any non-certified radio transmitting equipment, in cooperation with the United States Attorney for your jurisdiction. Monetary forfeitures normally range from $7,500 to $10,000.

    Just passing on information, not preaching to either do it, or not do it, thats up to you. :) Hope this answered your question.
  8. BartAfterDark

    BartAfterDark Network Guru Member

    how come I can't use channel 11?
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