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Today I caught up on LJ for the second time in seven calendar days. That seems to be frequently enough to keep me up to date, albeit behind the times once I'm caught up. Confused? You're not the only one.

I've decided that the best way for me to get better access to my wireless router is to buy a new one with a stronger antenna. My previous plan of buying sniffers to determine which house has the NETGEAR router that's running roughshod over our router's signal and turning off their power from the outside is more trouble than it's worth. If anyone has suggestions, I'm open for ideas. I'm not in any rush, so if you (like me) read LJ sporadically, feel free to get back to me whenever you're able.

This morning, I used my bike for the first time since moving into the house. Yes, we moved in almost two years ago. I'm not lazy, just busy. My brother came over the previous week and helped put together the trailer for the bike, so Julian got a ride as well. He had a good time, although I didn't get to take advantage of his boundless energy when climbing the hill. It was a long, long, uphill ride to come home.

(For those who don't know where I live, per se, I'm two blocks off of Georgia Avenue, inside the DC Beltway. That means that Sligo Creek Park is on one side and Rock Creek Park is on the other...so essentially, unless I ride parallel to Georgia Avenue, I'm going to go downhill. No, I don't have flood insurance...it's not very likely.)

I'd talk more about how things have been recently, but they're not changed enough to make any difference as regards other posts I've made that are easily viewed. It's good, busy, and productive.

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yermie
Jun. 5th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
2 options
1. Change the channel your router is using to Netgear + /- 5. (Find out whatever channel the NG router is on (1-11), and adjust the settings on yours to either 5 above or below theirs.) That way, the two routers won't be running on the same frequency band. (There's a 5 channel overlap on frequencies. so, channels 1 and 2 use 80% of the same freq's, but 1 and 6 do not...)

2. If the Netgear is an open router (i.e., no security, no WEP keys, etc), use it. If you really feel deviant, set up kazaa / emule / etc, and start downloading massive amounts of stuff. This will a: slow down his connection, and b: possibly get his connection turned off, for transferring illegal software. Of course, the router will still be chattering, it just won't go anywhere.



sethcohen
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
Re: 2 options
I appreciate that you can help. I need more concrete help, though - how do I find out what channels the NG router is on, and mine?

The Netgear is not, in fact, an open router. This is part of what makes it frustrating - they have such a strong signal that I can't reach my own router, but I can't get in to simply use their signal for work.
yermie
Jun. 6th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
Re: 2 options
Note: This is from a windows background, and I know that at least one of your laptops is a mac, which may have settings in completely different places...

In your wireless network properties, you should be able to scan, and detect available networks. If you right click on a network, and choose properties, it should tell you what channel it's broadcasting on.

Alternately, most people use 1. You may want to try setting yours to 6 or 11, and see if that corrects the problem.

And there's always tools like AIRSnort, which will scan the freq's, record the data, and allow you to crack the WEP code... if you have the time to run it (it needs around 90-100 MB of scanned traffic so it can hash against...)

Not that I'd recommend trying that.
sethcohen
Jun. 7th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: 2 options
Okay, I got it. I'm transmitting on channel 6; it's transmitting on channel 11. Very interesting. Perhaps he was getting signal interference from us...

...now, I'll have to go downstairs sooner or later and set it to channel 1. That'll remove just about any chance for interference. And, I'll try once again to install security on our router. I suck at this stuff.
morganminstrel
Jun. 5th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
How's your brother doing? (Feel free to tell him I say hi next time you see him...)
sethcohen
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
He seems well. I shall tell him that you have sent greetings and salutations. :)
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