[mythtv-users] networking

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Mon Jan 15 17:06:14 UTC 2007

On Jan 15, 2007, at 8:53 AM, Brian Wood wrote:

> On Jan 14, 2007, at 9:54 PM, Todd Houle wrote:
>> Yes, I've turned off b already, but thanks for the thought.  The
>> issues is more responsiveness with the menus and total loss of signal
>> due to phones/microwaves.  Changing channels have little to no
>> effect...  We've been using it for about a year like this, but the
>> wife is starting to get a little frustrated by it.  I'm thinking of
>> the Netgear 85MB unit, but it's a little expensive...
>>    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833122166
>>    -t-
>> On Jan 14, 2007, at 11:25 PM, Brad DerManouelian wrote:
>>> On Jan 14, 2007, at 7:47 PM, Todd Houle wrote:
>>>> Hi Everyone.  I have a remote frontend over wireless.  While it
>>>> generally works ok, when anyone gets on the cordless phone, or
>>>> someone uses the microwave, we loose connectivity and have to
>>>> restart
>>>> the remote frontend.  I can't get a wire to this location so am
>>>> looking for alternative network methods.  I once saw these units to
>>>> plug into a power outlet.  Has anyone used them with Myth?  Do they
>>>> provide enough bandwidth?  I'm using just standard def cable.   Are
>>>> there any recommended brands or vendors?
>>>>   thanks
>>>>     Todd
> I'm paraphrasing here, but the general tone of the FCC rules for
> operating in the 2.4Ghz. band are"
> "You must accept any interference, including that which results in
> undesired operation..."
> In other words, don't complain if things don't work as you expected.
> There are also the generic "instructions" included with every
> wireless device, which include helpful advice like "try re-orienting
> the antenna(s)" etc. We all throw these away of course.
> The idea of trying 802.11A is reasonable, as it operates outside the
> 2.4 Ghz. band. Using a 5.8Ghz cordless phone can help as well.
> But no matter how well you "co-ordinate" your own house the fact is
> your neighbor can fire up a device that wreaks havoc on your gear,
> and there's nothing you can do about it.
> The only real answer is to use equipment operating on commercial
> common-carrier frequencies which requires co-ordinating with other
> users of that spectrum. Not something most consumers are capable of
> doing.
> Wireless is not the same as wired, no matter what the manufacturers
> might have you believe. The manufacturers all sell this "wireless"
> stuff like it was candy, and consumers expect that something they
> have paid for will work. But all frequencies are "shared" and once
> you put your signal into the atmosphere you are asking for all sorts
> of trouble. It's a miracle to me that these things work as well as
> they do.

He's talking about changing over to the wall-outlet network products  
which are wired, but use your home's electrical system as the wiring.

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