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cylent
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best wireless band to use

Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:25 pm

Hi all.

I live in a very crowded wifi area and i am starting to distribute internet again to customers however the b and g bands are badly used and people here use amplifiers like theres no tomorrow causing all sorts of disturbance.

So. Before I sign up my new clients for my internet service i'd like to know what the best solution is;

shall i buy 5ghz equipment and have the clients buy the cards to match? (also, how far can 5ghz reach)?

shall i buy 802.11n equipment ? (how far can that reach)?

Please advise.

[edit]
i've decided since i have a ar5213 wifi card why not try to use its 5ghz power but the problem is i am not seeing any 5ghz option in the wireless settings for the card.
heres my card info which seems to be lacking any 5ghz.
is there a special trick to this? is my license not allowing me 5ghz? (i have level 4)
[admin@Shahrazad] /interface wireless info> print
 0 interface-type=Atheros AR5213 
   chip-info="mac:0x7/0x9, phy:0x45, a5:0x56, a2:0x0, eeprom:0x5003" 
   pci-info="00:0b.0" capabilities=tx-power-control,ack-timeout-control,
                                   virtual-ap,alignment-mode,noise-floor-
                                   control,scanning,burst-support,nstreme,
                                   sniffing,compression,power-channel,wmm 
   default-periodic-calibration=enabled 
   supported-bands=2ghz-b,2ghz-g,2ghz-10mhz,2ghz-5mhz 
   2ghz-b-channels=2412:0,2417:0,2422:0,2427:0,2432:0,2437:0,2442:0,2447:0,
                   2452:0,2457:0,2462:0,2467:0,2472:0,2484:0 
   2ghz-g-channels=2412:0,2417:0,2422:0,2427:0,2432:0,2437:0,2442:0,2447:0,
                   2452:0,2457:0,2462:0,2467:0,2472:0,2484:0 
   2ghz-10mhz-power-channels=2412:0,2417:0,2422:0,2427:0,2432:0,2437:0,2442:0,
                             2447:0,2452:0,2457:0,2462:0,2467:0,2472:0,2484:0 
   2ghz-5mhz-power-channels=2412:0,2417:0,2422:0,2427:0,2432:0,2437:0,2442:0,
                            2447:0,2452:0,2457:0,2462:0,2467:0,2472:0,2484:0 
[admin@Shahrazad] /interface wireless info> 
 
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Re: best wireless band to use

Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:37 pm

Most likely, the ar5213 wifi card you have is b/g only. What's the make/model?
 
cylent
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Re: best wireless band to use

Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:07 pm

well the thing is i thought the chip supports a/b/g whether the manufacturer says so or not

its an EngeniusTech model. Although on the box mine says 3601s its the same as this one:

http://www.engeniustech.com/datacom/pro ... spx?id=175

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