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Chapter 8. Going the Distance

Chapter 8. Going the Distance

You're probably familiar with the caveat on most pieces of 802.11b networking gear—something like “11 Mbps maximum performance up to 150 feet.” And if you've been using wireless networks for any amount of time, you know that 150 feet is often optimistic. Put a wall or two in the way, and the effective range of a wireless network can drop to 30 or 40 feet.

These disclaimers don't mean that there's any particular restriction on the effective range of standard 802.11b wireless networks. Given the appropriate gear, most notably a high-gain antenna that increases the strength of your wireless signal, you can set up an 802.11b wireless network with a range measured not in feet, but in miles.


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