posted on Oct, 8 2009 @ 01:55 AM
The cat is already out of the bag. My girlfriend flats in a housing subdivision and on average I can pick up 5-7 wlan networks. To get wlan from
downstairs to upstairs reliably, it requires a tin can to direct the signal (aka cantenna for all the j33ks out there). The other solution is to put
in my grunty commercial cisco AP but then we're back to square one, when the neighbors do something similar. The 2.4ghz cordless phone always gets
interference too. Bluetooth.. 2.4ghz
See the problem?
Another issue is microwave radiation, background levels have increased dramatically with all sorts of RF devices now in use, I cannot locate the study
(posted it a while back) but it was something like 10 fold increase since industrial revolution... not cool.
I worked for four years in the largest WLAN in the southern hemisphere as an IT tech. This happens to be a college... ('great' I hear you sigh) and
we have pretty much no meaningful, independent studies into the effects, especially on a growing childs brain.
One thing to ponder: why would the latest cisco 'n' access points I was installing say: 'do not get any closer than 30cm while aerials are
transmitting' and 'radios shipped de-activated' (so it don't whack you when first plugged in)... If it's so safe then why the warnings... what
happens to someone 300cm away for 6 hours a day, teaching or learning? Multiply that out to roughly 70 access points and put 1600 students under them
5 days a week.
The only 'safety info' comes from the manufacturers, who are of course operating in your best interests.
I'm migrating back to cable, much much more reliable in any situation, faster, less radio/em feilds and what have you, browsing is much smoother than
any wlan i've used.. and i've used, tested, deployed and fiddled with a lot! Sorta like valve stereos vs digital... new isn't always better!