Installing And Troubleshooting
Wireless Network, & Properties Of Dhcp
2.2 Given a scenario, install and
configure a wireless network.
When installing and configuring a wireless network,
you need to remember the following:
Driver Compatibility - It is important to make sure
that you have installed the correct device driver for
your wireless network adapter.
Low Signal Strength - There are a number of factors
that can cause the signal of your access point to deteriorate
and the performance of your network to fall under par.
Practically any appliance that operates on the same
frequency level (2.4 GHz) as 802.11b or 802.11g can
cause interference with your wireless network. Be sure
to keep cordless phones, microwaves and other electrical
equipment at least 1m away from the access point. Try
changing channels on the access point and test it out
on one of the clients.
Access Point Location - You may also want to try
changing the position of your access point antenna to
Installing a repeater for a performance boost:
If you're looking for a boost you can always choose
to install a repeater. The job of a repeater is to receive
the signal, regenerate it and rebroadcast it therefore
extending the range of your wireless network. This would
sit somewhere between your Access Point and your wireless
Changing the Antenna:
Changing the antenna of your access point can increase
signal range and overall performance. Typical access
points come with a 2dB or 4dB gain antenna but there
are one's available with higher gain. Antenna gain is
measured in dBi (decibels-isotropic) which basically
means how powerful the antenna is and how far it can
provide a signal. .
There are three main categories of antennas: