Stylish Looks, Bridging Saved Time, Covers My Whole 3 Acres, Thorough Documentation
I tried to install wireless in my large 4500 square foot house 6 years ago with an early 802.11g wireless access point (WAP) but got terrible coverage and I threw it away. It only provide good signal strength in the room where it was located, and there were already plenty of RJ45 ethernet jacks in that room already. This time I used 3 wireless access points including the N technology and am totally satisfied with the result. The G frequencies give good to excellent coverage in every room of the house as well as the basement and the main part of the yards and garage. The N coverage goes farther, giving good coverage around the entire perimeter of my 3 acre property line. The WAPs in the house are transmitting and receiving through several walls in the house to provide this coverage for about half the property, yet they still get the job done. I have one WAP in the study facing the front yard, and another one in the family room facing the backyard. There was no Cat5 wiring in the family room so I put a third WAP in the basement next to the router and switch, and that basement WAP was able to act as a wireless bridge to the WAP in the family room even while other users are connected to them. The only tough part was that my laptop I used to set everything up would not gracefully switch between static IP mode and DHCP mode, and that wasted a lot of time. The PC was set to static mode, but it was still inexplicably trying to get an IP address assigned to it. A couple of extra restarts and extra tries broke through that hurdle. Also, I had dual ethernet drivers on my PC and I had to figure out how to get both of them to toggle between static and dynamic mode (one driver was able to override the other one). Also, I rarely work with ethernet network setup, so I needed to read all the documentation to figure out what I was trying to do and that took awhile. The documentation, though, was very clear and everything worked exactly as described. The CD included basic information, and it included a link to the internet to get the full online manual, which is the documentation I eventually used. It would have been much faster if I was only installing 1 WAP and didn't need to use the bridging mode to get internet service to the WAP in the family room.
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