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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 12:52 pm    Post subject: need some clearing up about Wi-Fi. What are the limits? Reply with quote Back to top

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ehansen wrote:
How fast can you get connected to that wi-fi hot spot with that pocket pc?

And how good is the connection and what happens when the level of connection to the wifi fluctuates?

Eric

The following is in regards to the quote and thread linked above. It seems like the new threads get more attention so I desided to to bring it out into the new thread. Hope thats ok.

I got greatly interested in this when i first discovered the possibility to install a softphone and configure an account on a Wi-Fi enabled PPC, a few days ago. I also greatly share the concern quoted above. First of all I think at least half of access points and wi-fi routers are secured. And whenever I do get a signal with my laptop for example, the status usually flactuates between low or very low (which is ok for browsing), only sometimes do I get a good signal.

So, how far from the "hot spot" do I need to be in order to receive and make calls rather normally? Do I need to be located in an urban heavily populated location in order to take advantage of this VoIP+Softphone+PPC setup?

In other words, can someone please define the limits ... more or less exactly .

Thanks for your time.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It all depends on how the wireless network is setup. If you're at someplace like starbucks then you won't be able to get far from the building before you signal drops enough to make it unuseable. If you're on a college campus with a good wifi setup you could roam all over campus without dropoing a call. A few years ago I ran an experiment where I had 3 wifi access points connected to 6 antennas(the one's you see on top of cell towers). I wanted to see how far I could go while still keeping my connection. By using these specialized antennas I could beam more wifi signal every 120 degrees giving me good coverage all around my house. It worked great but the thing is how many times are you going to come up on a setup like that. If you're in a city that has wifi all over or someplace like central park which has good wifi coverage you shouldn't have any problems as long as you don't have to switch to many access points.
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