TITLE

Expansions in Wi-Fi

AUTHOR(S)
Overington, Matt
PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
Australian Personal Computer;Nov2003, Vol. 23 Issue 11, p130
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article shows how to broaden your wireless network's range and number of users. Wireless networks are fantastic, they let you work away from your desk or workspace and often provide the cheapest way to connect an existing building to a single network. They're extensible and able to grow as your network and needs expand, which is one of wi-fi's biggest selling points. Unfortunately, this type of network is low-bandwidth and relatively easy to flood. If a small wired network becomes congested, it's generally just a matter of slotting an additional switching hub into the system and taking the load off the backbone. However, wireless access points are a little different. It can take some practice and experience to be able to maximize the signal strength for all users on your network The two most common tweaks for wireless access points are to increase the range of the wireless network, or to increase the number of users the network can support at full speed. The way to give more users wireless access the network simultaneously is to combine your access points. The basic method is to install multiple wireless access points in the same area and set each one to run on a different channel. The 802.11b wireless specification includes provision for up to 14 frequency channels, but only 11 are used. This enables you to install up to 11 points in the same immediate area, all on different frequency channels, and then spread the network's users over the available channels.
ACCESSION #
11435965

 

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