OT: Wireless Network Strength Dependent On Wired Network?

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Sat Jun 20 08:38:01 UTC 2009

Sent from my iPhone, please excuse any errors.

On Jun 20, 2009, at 7:47, Neil <kngspook at gmail.com> wrote:

> Consider the following setup:
> internet pipe -> wired network -> (wireless router) wireless network  
> ->
> computer1, computer2
> Suppose the signal coming in on the pipe is good, but the signal
> deteriorates rapidly in wired network (old & bad wiring). Now, the two
> computers are connected via the wireless network only. computer1 has  
> a great
> connection (it's in the same room as the wireless router), but  
> computer2 is
> far away and drops the wireless connection frequently.
> Now, a former electrical engineer is claiming that if we improve the  
> wired
> network so that the signal comes across better, then computer2 won't  
> drop
> the wireless connection so frequently. (He says that the signal  
> emitted by
> the wireless router will be improved by feeding it a better source  
> signal.)
> I argue that there are two separate signals: the internet connection  
> signal
> coming in on the pipe, and then the wireless network signal being  
> emitted
> from the wireless router; and their strengths are independent. In  
> other
> words, if we improve the wiring, the wireless signal will not get any
> stronger.

Your EE friend is highly confused.

Get a stronger WiFi transmitter or repeater.


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