[RndTbl] Summer project

Mike Pfaiffer high.res.mike at gmail.com
Fri Mar 29 16:04:31 CDT 2013

On 13-03-29 03:43 PM, Colin Stanners wrote:
> You can use $2 monoprice couplers to attach cables together. I ordered
> 10 on my last MP order so I can give you a few if you want.

	That sounds like it'll solve a lot of problems. For that price I'm sure 
I could pay you for a couple. No rush for me since I'm planning about 
four months in advance. We can talk more about it at the next UG meeting 
you have time to attend.

> Most houses have some way to hide a cable from one end to the other -
> tiled ceiling / air return ducts / under baseboard just coming out to go
> to the next room through a hole in the wall.

	This is an older 50's style house. Plaster all over the place. The best 
way to deal with the cables would be to send them through the existing 
holes in the floor which got drilled when they installed cable TV. Now 
the tough part is to find all the holes. ;-)


> On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM, Mike Pfaiffer <high.res.mike at gmail.com
> <mailto:high.res.mike at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On 13-03-29 03:16 PM, Adam Thompson wrote:
>             Last spring I read this particular model of D-Link can be
>             configured as a secondary AP.
>         Don't do that - that's exactly what Colin is warning against doing.
>         Instead, set it up as another AP that happens to have the same SSID,
>         and connect the two APs via their LAN ports.  (And remember to
>         disable DHCP on the 2nd one.)
>              That sounds easy enough. The tough part will be to get
>     permission from my father to string a cord from one end of the house
>     to the other. It is his house you see...
>             Considering most of the equipment I can get comes from a
>             recycler
>             (for free) only the wired option is likely. Then I would have to
>             get something to run from the front of the house to the back...
>         Those D-Links are 100Mit, not gigabit, so ordinary Cat5 will work
>         fine (no need for Cat5e).  I've been throwing out all the Cat5 I run
>         across because it's useless to me now... I'm sure *someone* here can
>         divert a single 50' Cat5 patch cord from the garbage can!
>              The one I have claims to be gigabit. But, for the size of
>     what I'm doing 100mbit should be fine. The plan is just to set it
>     for myself and anyone who drops by (and maybe a neighbour or two).
>              If I use a single cable and remain on the same floor I'd be
>     looking at close to 100'. If I take it to the basement I can use a
>     hub/switch and get by with some shorter cables. Plus the cables will
>     be out of the way... It's something to think about.
>              BTW, if you or anyone have some Cat5 cables to get rid of
>     there should be a number of us at the next MUUG meeting who can take
>     them. Just so long as we aren't overwhelmed. The non-functional ones
>     can go to the recycler and the rest we can probably find uses for or
>     give out to our more advanced students.
>             Yup. SMCWLAN-G. There are Vista drivers but the installers
>             DEMAND
>             installing Vista first before we can access the drivers. Two
>             of us
>             spent all afternoon (and part of the morning) looking. We came
>             really close but no joy.
>         Do you mean SMCWLAN-CG, SMCWPCIT-G or SMCWUSB-G?  There's no such
>         product (AFAIK) as an SMCWLAN-G.
>              The more I think about it the more I think Colin was
>     correct. It is probably an SMCWPCI-G. The second chipset he
>     mentioned also rings a bell. We'll have to check it out and remember
>     it for Friday.
>         -Adam
>                                      Later
>                                      Mike
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