Derek Broughton derek at
Fri May 22 18:08:17 BST 2009

Billie Erin Walsh wrote:

> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> Eberhard Roloff wrote:
>>> Billie Erin Walsh wrote:
>>>>> Again there is nothing like a network cable, indeed! It is very cheap,
>>>>> very fast and very secure. Just when ethernet cabling is no option and
>>>>> wireless is lousy, then these devices do a great job. In most cases,
>>>>> they are simply WAY better than wireless.
>>>> Agreed as to cabling. However wifi connections don't need to be poor.
>>>> If properly done, and with proper equipment, it should be very
>>>> successful.
>> But not more so than networking over the household wiring.  I just can't
>> conceive of a way that a network _designed_ to be broadcast can be more
>> secure than a hardware network using the same encryption methods.
> That bit has nothing to do with security. That is totally about
> performance.

Oh, I see.  I just took " secure" to mean you were 
responding to all three.  Silly me :-)

> To answer your question. Yes, Devolo uses wires to run the network. They
> piggy-back an encrypted rf signal on the 60Hz line voltage. Unless your
> home wiring is completely run through metal conduit the wires will
> radiate this signal. 

Sure they will, but not more so than your wifi router which is _supposed_ to 
be radiating the signal.  So the Devolo still shouldn't be less secure.

>>> Secondly more and more people that I work for, simply do not want to
>>> have wireless anymore. 
>> Run DC in the wires :-)
> Turn your house into a Faraday Cage

LOL.  I recall reading something about theatres actually wanting to do that 
in the US, but being scared that some people would claim they had an - if 
not God-given - at least constitutionally guaranteed right to use their 
cell-phone anywhere they want.
> Living anywhere in todays world is rather like living in a microwave
> running full power.

Hardly.  You really wouldn't do well in a 1000W microwave.  "If" the general 
microwave background is going to kill us all, it's going to do it very 
> With the Linksys router, the ones I'm most familiar with, you can remove
> and remote mount one, or both, antenna(s). In situations where, such as
> the OP, you have multiple levels one antenna can be used to serve the
> upper floor and one the lower floor. That doesn't preclude either
> antenna from being used by either location it just gives the best signal
> possible to both locations.

Ah - I see your point now.  It is, in essence, what I'm doing by using the 
stubby for inside-the-house and a directional antenna point-to-point.

>  By using the DD-WRT software you can adjust the transmit power on the
> router. Most off the shelf routers run about 28mW output. Turn the power
> up to say 56mW 

Not to mention more tumors :-)


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