“When 802.11b first burst on the scene, offering a quick and workable wireless home-networking platform, some manufacturers jumped into the market with components and products long before industry standards groups tested and approved the specification. The result was headaches for some as interoperability issues emerged.” Read more at ZDNet.
Wi-Fi Woes on the Horizon?
2003-02-01 Internet 6 Comments
Apple’s doing the same again with 802.11g :/
We received our new AirPort Extreme Base Station a few days ago. It was as easy to set up as the “old” ones. So, all our Macs that use “b” are working great with the “g” Base Station. It’s great to have that compatibiity. Now if only our 12″ PowerBook would arrive so we can see how its “g” card works with the “g” Base station.
Last night we tried again our wireless network here at home too. My laptop doesn’t have a good reception, it says “interference” all the time. Funny part is that when I move the laptop away from me, its reception gets much better… Am I the interference?
BTW, here is an interview with some Apple guys about the “g” and other stuff:
ROFL Eugenia! Perhaps there are some unusual Greek electro-magnetic waves involved 🙂
It could be any number of things such as proximity to Cordless/Cell phone/pager, microwave, etc. I’ve used Network Stumbler on my PC & have looked at the S/N ratio at various places in the apt. When the cell phone was right next to the laptop, the S/N ratio went down a little (did you have one of these on you when the signal degraded?). Surprizingly though, the major culprit was the D-link wireless router functioning as a ‘repeater,’ which was supposed to enhance the range of the network, but contributed to a lot of noise (unfortunately the laptop sees both signals & latches onto the original signal at times). Then again, mine is a ‘b,’ so I dont know how it compares to your particular signal situation.
It absolutely could be you I work for a wisp in Vancouver – it crazy walking around with netstumbler showing the signal-noise ratio real-time. Anytime I’m inbetween my laptop and the access point, signal drops like crazy.
We find it too in busy coffee shops that we have to put the AP up higher, or it might not cover the whole cafe. Give that a shot – you might see your reception improve.