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    Looks like my only option is to take in my own laptop so I wont be able to connect to the server. I will try the other solutions - thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Our test is to stream a video from a server to the laptop. Walk slowly away from the AP until it stops / stutters. Mark that spot on your map. Walk back towards the AP until it doesn't stutter. Mark that spot.

    Takes a while, but you should be able to plot the usable range of each AP N/S/E/W.

    Signal strength from the AP is misleading, because the AP usually has a much better antenna than the laptop. It can talk to you easily, but you may have problems sending data back.
    Agree entirely, the ability of a laptop to get it's transmission back to the AP is usually completely overlooked (no idea why!). We take a slightly different approach in that we use jperf to generate the traffic and observe when going out of range.

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    As I said, I cant stream anything from the server unless I can wrestle a laptop away from a teacher, which is highly unlikely. Have installed netstumbler on my laptop, am trying very hard to understand what the graphs are telling me (and me a radio engineer - how embarassing). Found about 14 local wireless networks including 4 with no security and one called by the owners surname - she has a business and so was easy to trace! I did my civic duty and popped round to tell her.

    So, in a nutshell, what will i see as I approach and leave an ap. I thought I knew until I saw that our own network appears to have a lower strength signal than all the others - but no noise. I'm sure I'm looking at it wrongly.

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    I like NetSurveyor for the job of checking signal strengths and working out best positions for AP's. I prefer it to netstumbler and it's easy to read and gives you detailed info.

    NetSurveyor :: WiFi Network Discovery Tool

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    WiFi analyser is a free tool for Android smartphones that you can download from the market.. pretty useful if you have a phone of this type and can't get a laptop for some basic tests.

    Shows signal strength, channel, residential networks etc

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