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Moving, update

So, we're slowly settling into the new house. No desk yet to set up my computer, which is a bit of a bummer, but we're moving in. The cable folks won't be here for another five days -- they changed my install date to the 7th instead of the 2nd/3rd -- and Qwest mucked up the phone install, but we're getting there!

I've found there's an open access wireless point -- part of that whole effort to cover Seattle in wireless, it appears -- just barely within range of the house, so I can get a faint signal on the laptop. It drops periodically, but I can get on enough to check my e-mail and stuff, which is good. Hopefully our DSL will be back in soon, too! :)


(You probably already know this, but here goes...) You can extend your range by using a pair of wireless bridges, one with an omnidirectional antenna for the stuff in your house to talk to, and the other with a directional to talk to the open AP.

If you want help with the particulars, send me an IM. It can take anywhere from an hour to eight to set up if you have the hardware already; it's up to you if it's worth it, since your DSL is coming in short order.

actually if you could post this somewhere, it would be helpful for me and a bunch of others in the NYC area.

Seriously? OK... I'll write something up for you.
yeah, every time I try to make a access point extend another SSID, it never works quite right.

Documentation would be useful. I'm technical enough I could translate it to most APs.

I don't know if you can do that. What I was going to propose, was to use one AP, with its own ESSID, and on another channel, as a concentrator for Chez Sparks. Then, plug the wired port on the AP into the wired port on a wireless bridge to the open AP's channel as a point to point link - kind of like a dumb, wired ethernet bridge. That way, the two AP's are effectively on different logical segments, and won't interfere with each other; the local concentrator acts as an extra hop, but it removes the need to talk directly to a distant (and unpredictable) AP in the neighbor's house.

I do some wireless stuff at work. I don't consider myself an expert but I know a bit. Filfre to ping me for help with other issues, or for clarification, and I'll tell you what I know. If you're in the NY/NJ area, you might want to talk to these guys (if you don't already know them): http://www.nycwireless.net/pebble/

They have a dedicated Linux distribution called 'pebble', based on Debian. I seem to recall a similar distribution called WISP, and an analagous system based on FreeBSD, but my notes on those are at work. If you're interested, follow up and I'll get them to you on Monday.