I often use my laptop in the shop (OBWW).
I was using a Netgear router and had indifferent connectivity in the
shop. The shop is about fifty feet on line of sight from the router
and is at a point at about forty five degrees down from the router's
position on the third floor of the house.
The signal must pass through a sliding glass door and the roof of the
shop, which is insulated with R-19 fluff (6 inches) and is further
composed of composite shingles and 5/8" decking.
We gave our daughter a Macbook for her birthday on the 23d.
I was against her joining Mac cult - but there it is.
It did not play well with the Netgear router.
I purchased a Linksys WRT160N router and five out of our six boxes
hooked up happily (including the Mac) - leaving only a Win95 era
laptop, whose USB adapter did not speak the current encryption (WPA2)
- no great loss.
I semi justified the purchase by assuming that the alleged increase in
range for the N router would mean that I would not have to be so fussy
about my positioning the laptop out in the shop.
Here is my question - does the extended range depend on having a
wireless N adapter on the box, or is the range simply a fucntion of
the router signal?
All of my adapters, both internal and external are B and G.
tom - still barely in range in pennsyltucky.