Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Kanata, ON, Rogers Digital
Love this discussion. Ever since switching from Rogers to Bell the wifi has been horrible. Part of it is the router is terrible -- very , weak (router is on main floor, left side of the house; desktop is second store bedroom, right side of the house, connection is quite weak). But sometimes, even when I'm on the main floor with my tablet or laptop, it goes beyond terrible. Speeds below 1M (speedtest app) and pings over 1 second. I always wondered if it was something I could change in configuration.
Anyhow, I installed inSSIDer and will keep it running -- next time wifi goes "beyond terrible" I'll see if it can show me something. In the meantime, I have a couple questions:
1. My home wifi network is typically the second strongest, around -53dB, with one of the neighbors coming in at at -52 or slightly better. I'm on channel 11 and theirs is on 6, so I assume that's not a problem. There is another network on 11 but it's around -89dB. That's not enough to cause issues, is it?
2. My HP printer shows up as another network, also on 11, and with a fairly strong signal. This is a printer set up in standalone mode where I can print to it without a controlling PC. Is it actually a separate network, then, an being on the same channel it creates issues? Or is this perfectly normal?