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  • Wireless AP settings: Optimize for range

    What do the following settings for my wireless access point do? Will changing any of them increase the AP's range?

    Beacon Interval (from 1-1000, currently 100)
    RTS Threshold(from 256-2432, currently 2432)
    Fragmention(from 256-2346, currently 2346)
    DTIM Interval(from 1-65535, currently 3)
    Preamble Type(long or short)
    TX Rates(1-2mbps, 1-2-5.5-11mbps, or 1-2-5.5-11-22mbps)

    Thanks for the help. Any other ways to increase the range?
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  • #2
    Not really. The only way to really increase range is to move to a larger antenna or reorient the access point.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Aaron Cake
      Not really. The only way to really increase range is to move to a larger antenna or reorient the access point.
      Not true. Some APs + Interface cards can be "modified" using the SMNP protocol to bit shift the register which controls output strength. I reccomend a search on "SMNP power hack" on your fav. search engine.
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      • #4
        Cool. I'll check it out.
        Silver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder!
        Completion: [*********-] 90%
        Everything working! Mobile MP3s ROCK!
        LEFT TO DO: Improve power on circuit, fix slow boot time

        - 550mhz PIII on Abit BH6
        - 128MB RAM
        - 40x4 Backlit Character LCD
        - 17 key numeric keypad - Repainted buttons
        - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
        - 4.3GB drive for MP3s

        http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/bombboyer/ Redesigned, new pics!

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        • #5
          Will it work with this AP?
          http://www.zdnet.com/supercenter/sto...561914,00.html

          I'm using a Orinoco Gold card. If I do the hack on the AP and my card, will the other cards still work?
          Silver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder!
          Completion: [*********-] 90%
          Everything working! Mobile MP3s ROCK!
          LEFT TO DO: Improve power on circuit, fix slow boot time

          - 550mhz PIII on Abit BH6
          - 128MB RAM
          - 40x4 Backlit Character LCD
          - 17 key numeric keypad - Repainted buttons
          - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
          - 4.3GB drive for MP3s

          http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/bombboyer/ Redesigned, new pics!

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          • #6
            The power hack thingy is iffy to say the least. I have my Linksys WAP11 maxed out and it hasn't increased much range. The best solution is still look at where you have it installed and find a better location in all honesty

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