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Topic # 12251 7-Mar-2007 10:29
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What is (power/reach) the comparison between a publicly available wifi connection, such as CafeNet, and a home-use wireless router/AP?

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  Reply # 63062 7-Mar-2007 11:01
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There isn't a big difference really. Some hotspots such as Cafenet have higher powered AP's and better aerials but others will give similair coverage to a cheaper home AP/router.




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  Reply # 63064 7-Mar-2007 11:12
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Thanks for that .... tests using public wifi shows my network card is working perfectly fine over significant distances then <BG>.

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  Reply # 64969 25-Mar-2007 22:30
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With a high-gain antenna and a powerful transmitter an AP can easily output the legal maximum output level (4,000mW) however the problem is not output power - that's easy. The big problem is return path. My AP can send a signal that can be picked up with acceptable levels by my laptop from more that a kilometer away - but there's no chance the AP can see any signal from my laptop.



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  Reply # 65040 26-Mar-2007 16:20
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That's a salient point <g>.

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