Wi-Fi in an apartment building

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    http://blogs.computerworld.com/wireless-networking/20616/wi-fi-apartment-building
     
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    I have discussed wifi in crowded environments many times - but more from a security aspect, rather than the issues trying to connect in such crowded neighborhoods.

    Another reason to stick with Ethernet. Then a little spackle, touch up paint and no one will notice the holes on the wall when you leave. :)
     
  3. buckshee

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    I live in an 1650 sq foot apartment and had serious and frustrating wifi problems connecting my tablet which I use 2 concrete walls and 40 ft away from the router/DSL modem. Then l bought the D-Link DIR-645 now I have no problem even on my balcony which is even further away. I've had it a month and am delighted. I tried four manufacturers of wifi extenders but they were slow and often dropped out - I wouldn't recommend them unless you need extremely long range.
     
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    It really wont matter where you go, theres a Wi-Fi network in nearly every Supermarket/ Office/ Store/ Etc Etc.. so if you have a Wi-Fi enabled device your device will pick up on every Network surrounding it ;)
     
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    This is exactly why I say, "Go Ethernet!". At least whenever possible.

    While WiFi networks can be secured relatively easily, they add a whole new and huge level of responsibility on you, as a user of WiFi, and as an administrator of a WiFi network.

    And remember, Enabling/Disabling SSID Broadcasting is a "convenience" feature. It is NOT a security feature. You cannot hide the RF (radio frequency) radio-waves. They go everywhere. Convenience for all - good or bad. And don't use your dog's name!!!! :( Nosy neighbor's will try that first.
     
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    Agreed. However with portable devices like a smart phone many will want to use the Wi-Fi so as not to exceed the limits of their data plan. You can't go ethernet with a phone, so unfortunately avoiding Wi-Fi is getting MUCH harder to do.



    I like when people know this. Too many people think it is a security feature and it is worthless as one.
     
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    Yeah. I still recommend disabling it. No need to hang a neon sign out front advertising your network. But I am not aware of any sign (turned on or off) preventing anyone determined to get in from trying.
     
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