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WET610N - Post your signal strength

Discussion in 'DIRECTV - Wireless Networking (private)' started by Huskie_2009, Aug 26, 2009.

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  1. Huskie_2009

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    I've seen posts to the Linksys/Cisco forums about the low signal strength of this device.

    You can find this information on the Wireless Network tab under the Status tab or going directly to the page.
    URL: http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/status/sta_link_status.asp

    Here's mine at about 15 feet away with direct line of sight to the Belkin N Wireless Router:

    Radio Band: 2.4 GHz
    Channel Width: 40 MHz
    Wide Channel: 3
    Standard Channel: 1
    Bit Rate: 13.5 Mbps
    Signal: 63%
    Security: WPA2 Personal

    13.5 Mbps? That's slow.
     
  2. Movieman

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    Mine is not too bad. Im about 12-15 feet away with a wall between the router and the bridge. My router is a Linksys-N RangePlus Wireless.

    Link Status: Connected
    Radio Band: 2.4 GHz
    Channel Width: 40 MHz
    Wide Channel: 3
    Standard Channel: 1
    Bit Rate: 162 Mbps
    Signal: 74%
    Security: WPA Personal
     
  3. Drew2k

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    You guys have MUCH better signal strength than me, but I have the WRT610N and it's apparently known for having lower signal strengths. The bridge is one floor down from the trouter, total distance approximately 16 feet in a straight line...

    Link Status: Connected
    Radio Band: 5 GHz
    Channel Width: 40 MHz
    Wide Channel: 151
    Standard Channel: 149
    Bit Rate: 13.5 Mbps
    Signal: 45%
     
  4. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    Bainbridge...
    Only a single-band router (WRT160N):

    Radio Band: 2.4 GHz
    Channel Width: 20 MHz
    Wide Channel: N/A
    Standard Channel: 11
    Bit Rate: 58.5 Mbps
    Signal: 78%
    Security: WPA2 Personal

    Distance is about 5 feet.

    I've seen varying bit rate numbers each time I've checked, so it may be dependent on activity.
     
  5. Huskie_2009

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    Something looks fishy on mine.
    Same distance (15 feet) with nothing in the way between the two.

    Refreshed the screen, got this:

    Radio Band: 2.4 GHz
    Channel Width: 40 MHz
    Wide Channel: 3
    Standard Channel: 1
    Bit Rate: 108 Mbps
    Signal: 56%
    Security: WPA2 Personal

    Watched the screen and after a few seconds, it changed to this:

    Radio Band: 2.4 GHz
    Channel Width: 40 MHz
    Wide Channel: 3
    Standard Channel: 1
    Bit Rate: 13.5 Mbps
    Signal: 57%
    Security: WPA2 Personal

    Higher signal strength (1%) but is now 1/10 the original bit rate?
     
  6. leww37334

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    My wrt-310 doesn't give me that info, but then again I'm not having any problems:):):)
     
  7. Huskie_2009

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    Not on the 310. It's on the WET610N web access pages.

    Another way to directly get the values is by using this URL:
    http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/goform/updateLinkStatus
    *replace the xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx with the IP address of the WET610N bridge
     
  8. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Gents (I'm making a huge assumption, if you are a lady, I'm sorry) please also indicate teh type of router you are using and its specifications. We all likely have different routers and some of us may use external antennas to boost directive signal gain.

    Based on some of these numbers (like I said in another post in another thread, I won't open mine until Friday likely) I am going to assume that since you are poking the bridge with a text (HTTP) type packet and not media, the bridge is likely adjusting to your usage, if media throttling is allowed, and too your security will impact total throughput. Also, if your antenna polarizations are not the same (say one is horizontal and the other is vertical) then you are effectively nulling the signal. Try aligning your antennas such that they are in the same plane (up to 15 degrees of difference should be ok, more than that you will attenuate the signal). That's all the advice I have until I actually test too.
     
  9. Movieman

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    Suppose its right and in my case that Im getting 162mbps, can the HR2x series process all that info. I thought I read awhile back that it had a cap. I ask cause regardless on how powerful the signal is are you still not limited to what the DVR is going to be able to process at one time anyway?

    Just a thought.
     
  10. leww37334

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    :blush::blush::blush:

    13.5 Mbps about 10 feet away, but through two walls and a closet
     
  11. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    YEs, the bottleneck will be the STB's ethernet of 100BaseT. Hopefully the buffers on the bridge are sufficient.
     
  12. JimMariner

    JimMariner Just Another Ol'Salt

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    This is off my WET610N 8/27/09. hopefully none of my Mac numbers are of any importance to anyone else.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. JimMariner

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    This in the Master Bedroom, with 2 walls between it and the router.

    Anyone have ay ideas on how to ,,,, Tune it up better,, :p
     
  14. spidey

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    Link Status: Connected

    Radio Band: 5 GHz
    Channel Width: 40 MHz
    Wide Channel: 46
    Standard Channel: 48
    Bit Rate: 13.5 Mbps
    Signal: 53%
    Security: WPA2 Personal
    WGA600N reports 84 % signal strenght and their is a wall and bathrooms between it and the netgear AP.

    My WET610N is out in open and the Netgear AP is about 25 feet away with clear line of sight from AP to the Bridge through windows
     
  15. Huskie_2009

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    I don't see anything :confused:

    You know what would be a good test for someone that has both a WGA600N and a WET610N?
    Put both at the same location and compare the signal strengths and reported speeds.

    It looks like, from what you posted, the WGA600N has to go through more but has the better signal. Is that true?
     
  16. JimMariner

    JimMariner Just Another Ol'Salt

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    I plan to put my wireless DVRs and my laptop on the wireless N network, and installing a seperate wireless G for the rest of the computers.

    I will update after I change it all around. And post the results.
     
  17. Huskie_2009

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    JimMariner,

    Your attachments are not showing up for me. Anyone else see them?

    Do you have a WGA600N? People will find is useful if we can have a direct comparison to the new WET610N. At least, that's what I'd be looking for.
    If it's documented that this unit is optimized for streaming video, I'd want to know what speed increases are expected to be seen.

    But that's just me :D
     
  18. Drew2k

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    I don't see JimMariner's attachments or images either, but I'm sure they're good images. :)

    After some initial tests this weekend I'm going to swap out the WRT610N router (version 1) and put the D-LINK DIR-655 back to compare results. I expect signal strength to be higher with the D-LINK if nothing else.
     
  19. JimMariner

    JimMariner Just Another Ol'Salt

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    I will try them again, The first is the 1st time I hooked it up. The second was after tinkering with my router settings.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    is this better? :rolleyes:

    As stated by others earlier in the thread, the Bit Rate is constanly changing. The status page is Live Data, not just a picture of it when the page loaded.
     

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  20. Huskie_2009

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    Why does my bitrate suck so much?
    I'm using WPA2 if that matters. When you got those readings, was anything plugged into the WET610N? Maybe that's my problem ... no real data streaming across?

    What changes did you make to your router?

    And lastly ... love your SSID :)
     
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