JVDE X10 Forum

RF Control => General RF Reliability => Topic started by: Tuicemen on November 27, 2013, 08:37:11 AM

Title: Reliability tools
Post by: Tuicemen on November 27, 2013, 08:37:11 AM
I've been lucky with RF so far.
My city residence is small so everything is close by.
Most devices are in the 2 ghz range so the issue is finding free space that has the least amount of activity.
I've recently  started to add Wi-Fi devices to my off grid place and now have several old Wi-Fi enabled  laptops.
I have no issue with these in the country as closest neighbor is out of range.
However in the city these are slow (even though I have cable internet)
using windows and looking for available networks I found over 10 routers online at any given time.
(And I'm in a detached House) :o
I know a router can interfere with x10 RF reception (the old forum is full of posts proving that.
enter inSSIDer for home  (http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/) by MetGeeks
this will help you find which channel has the least traffic.
The tool works for both 2 GHz as well as 5 GHz.
this by no means will help with other RF signals but is a start.
However they do have other software tools which I have yet to test.
The office version will do a bit more but it isn't free.
Title: Re: Reliability tools
Post by: Tuicemen on November 28, 2013, 02:29:21 PM
I found a free  Android version of inSSIDer  (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.metageek)as well. ;)
This makes finding a sweet spot for your router even easier.
You can also check the Wi-Fi signals at your different Wi-Fi/Rf device locations, to make sure your router is still the strongest signal.
Another router/hotspot that is stronger or over laps with a strong signal will cause issues.
This turns a smartphone into a possible signal killer detector, definitely easier then luging around a laptop . ;)