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Wireless Interference and Powerline

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How do you tell if other wireless networks are interfering with yours? The clearest signs are stutters and drops: file transfers or streaming downloads halt and restart, or your network connection periodically drops out altogether.

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My wireless G network has become less useful now that almost everyone in my neighborhood is using wireless as well. iStumbler shows over 15 wireless networks ( more than half are secure ). I get my phone and internet connection from the cable…

Wireless Interference and Powerline

How do you tell if other wireless networks are interfering with yours? The clearest signs are stutters and drops: file transfers or streaming downloads halt and restart, or your network connection periodically drops out altogether.

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My wireless G network has become less useful now that almost everyone in my neighborhood is using wireless as well. iStumbler shows over 15 wireless networks ( more than half are secure ). I get my phone and internet connection from the cable company so I have all my network equipment in the basement to avoid the ugly mess of wires and the cost of adding a phone line to the family room (Verizon want way too much money for that).

4 of the computers in the house are wireless (2 laptops, a Mac mini in the family room, and a Dell for the kids ) and so is the Tivo and Nintendo Wii. The two remaining computers ( FreeBSD based NAS and a Red Hat Linux server ) are connected to a Linksys WR54G WAP/Gateway. Wiring the home for Ethernet is not a possibility due to cost ( one connection for the family room and one for the kids plus ).

For me, I think Powerline is the best solution among all the options presented in the MacWorld article. Looking at the equipment on the Netgear web site I see that I can get a Netgear XE103 85 Mbps Powerline Network Addapter and add a Netgear XE104 85 Mbps Powerline Wall-Plugged Ethernet Switch/Bridge to extend the network for Ethernet end points or Netgear WGX102 54 Mbps Powerline Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender to extend the wireless side. The initial equipment ( I would need at least one X103 and one X104 and WGX102 ) is pricey but I think this is a lot cheaper than wiring Ethernet.

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