Does 802.11b use a lot of resources?
jhary at unsane.co.uk
Mon Feb 28 22:16:41 GMT 2005
I'm not sure if this is still the case but..
Have a read of this thread,
Basicly set your wireless to ad-hoc mode and see if that
resolves the issue. It did for me (had an old p133 laptop acting as my
Access point until it died, and that was fine.)
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org] On Behalf Of
> Christopher Kelley
> Sent: 25 February 2005 05:07
> To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Subject: Does 802.11b use a lot of resources?
> Have I tried too hard to squeeze usability out of an old computer?
> I have a Pentium-166 that has been a faithful router &
> firewall (FreeBSD
> 5.3 and pf) for a couple years now. It has no trouble with
> the 3 to 4 Mbps I get from my broadband connection, at least
> not with ethernet.
> I wanted wireless, so I could use my laptop around the house.
> I dutifully read the section in the manual about setting up
> FreeBSD as an access point. I'm using a Netgear MA311 802.11b
> card (Prism 2.5 chipset). And it does work, except it's very
> slow. Now I know that I can only expect about 50% of the
> rated speed with wireless, but I figured even if I got only
> 4Mbps, I'd be fine. But I get less than 1Mbps. I've updated
> the firmware, added a signal booster and hi-gain antenna, and
> I have "excellent" signal strength throughout my house.
> So my question is, is there more overhead with wireless than
> with ethernet? TOP doesn't seem to show that I'm taxing it
> too hard, idle never goes below about 70% with polling
> enabled (Hz=1000), and never below about 80% with polling
> disabled. Am I expecting too much out of an old Pentium-166?
> Thanks for your help.
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