July 6, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday! The weather has been super in my neck of the woods and there's nothing like being in my backyard to soak up some rays, do some gardening, and watch my kids play in their sandbox. What I also love is having the ability to use my home Wi-Fi out in the yard! I think Wi-Fi is one of the best things since sliced bread! And today we are here to help John out with some advice on how he can improve his Wi-Fi signal throughout his three-story townhouse. (By the way, congrats on the new pad, John!) I'm hoping that by the time you read through the recommendations and advice offered from your fellow members, you'll be like me in the backyard, using your Wi-Fi to cruise the world. To get you started, I have two great and detailed answers from members Waytron and Wolfie2K (who are no strangers to this newsletter.) So give it thorough read. If you need additional advice regarding the security aspect of Wi-Fi and how to make your Wi-Fi network secure, here is a previous edition of the Community newsletter that covers that quite well. And for those of you who are thinking of setting up a wireless network, I have a previous newsletter for you also.
As always, if you have additional suggestions or experiences to share on how you got your Wi-Fi range up to snuff, come in and join us in the discussion. Take care and have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
Hello. I recently moved into a three-story townhouse, and I
want to improve the signal from my Linksys wireless router so
that each area of the floors we can get a decent signal (some
area are either too weak or nonexistent). It would be great
if I could get the signal from my yard as well. What is the
best location to place the router in? Is there hardware or
software that I can use to improve the signal? There is one
shared wall in our unit. What special considerations should I
be aware of in terms of security? Thank you.
John of Chicago
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Previous week's Q&A
Recently I've decided to rearrange my living room to get a
better use of my floor space. With this shuffle, I would like
to mount my 42-inch plasma TV on the wall; it is currently
sitting on a stand. I would like to take on this project
myself, as I know it must cost quite a bit to have someone
install it for me. My main concern is the possibility of the
plasma falling off the wall with the incorrect installation.
So is this task difficult to do? I need as much advice to get
this job done right. Can you help me out and list some of dos
and don'ts when mounting my plasma to the wall? What types of
mounts are most secure? Any expert or self-installation
experiences that you can share will help. Thanks.
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