[kwlug-disc] Wireless separation? (Was: Re: Wireless for January)

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Dec 23 20:41:28 EST 2009


I remember you spoke to this / presented on it at one point.

Do you have any suggestions / guidelines for best separating multiple 
wireless networks?

Seems to me, IIRC, that channels 2, 7, and 11, are the strongest, or 
something. Is there one channel that tends to be less used than others 
that we should use?

If the host premise also has wireless, is there one better way than 
another to maximize throughput, minimize interference?

unsolicited wrote, On 12/23/2009 8:35 PM:
> I have been thinking the same - i.e. by having wireless that goes 
> up/down with the meetings, we can have a constant for kwlug meetings, 
> and host sites need only give their access parameters to the kwlug 
> wireless meister (of the night?).
> The hard links could also be used by any that need same. e.g. Raul's 
> laptop in December transmitting the open meeting, and perhaps his test 
> victims. I gather the wireless itself was overwhelmed at the time.
> (If additional distance / cable length, or switches, are needed, they 
> can be added as required.)
> Pick a suitably obscure subnet, publish the details (web page?), except 
> for the password, etc. I think a kwlug well known / obvious password is 
> appropriate, and whatever scheme has the least overhead.
> At a meeting, put the password up on a whiteboard or something.
> This would also allow hosts that have concerns to implement firewall 
> rules by subnet. Or they go on 'our' router? As / If premise hosts have 
> concerns.
> Granted: Hard links may well be outside these rules / come directly off 
> the premise hosts' net.
> Paul Nijjar wrote, On 12/23/2009 5:21 PM:
>> I have an old wireless router (Linksys BEFW11S4) that I am thinking of
>> connection at 97 Victoria for January's meeting. Should I configure it
>> to use WPA security (with a weak passphrase) or should I leave it
>> unsecured?
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