beww at beww.org
Mon Jan 15 17:18:41 UTC 2007
On Jan 15, 2007, at 10:06 AM, Brad DerManouelian wrote:
> 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.
Another solution perhaps, but you then have to contend with anyone in
your neighborhood using X-10, wireless phone jacks, intercoms and
other power-line stuff. Basically anyone being fed from the same
transformer is on the same "network". All the caveats about
interference in the 2.4 Ghz. band apply to power line stuff as well.
A lot of people claim their wireless network is "working fine" when
in fact it is not. Since most people are just web browsing and the
speed of even 802.11b exceeds their internet connection speeds they
don't notice the multiple re-transmissions etc.
It is a real tribute to the robustness of TCP/IP that these things
work as well as they do.
Nothing is as reliable as a cat-5/6 cable, and in the end it is often
less trouble to just go that route.
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