> : Today I have bought myself new Proxim Orinoco Gold b/g card
> : to replace my old Lucent Orinoco b one.
> : New card is working fine with the ath driver, but...
> : Signal strength and radio perfomance are very nasty.
> : Where my old card gave me signal strength of 106
> : new one gives only 51. (that is 5m away from AP)
> : (same AP, same channels, same everything)
> : It is not working even in next room to the AP.
> : What can be the problem, or just Proxim got lame engineers?
> Lame antenna. Also, the signal strength, as reported by FreeBSD, can
> be radically different when the RF levels are exactly the same.
> Different firmware has different formulas to convert the values that
> are reported. Also, different antennas have different gains.
No. It seems like antenna is not the problem.
I have tried connecting external one today, same poor perfomance.
When I do run Windowz there are 2 different ways this card behaves.
a) Managed by Windowz WiFi stack:
- same poor perfomance, disconnections, etc
b) Managed by supplied Proxim's client utility:
- good link strength, works as it should
Seems like client utility is doing some tweaks on the card
(switching it's power level may be?)
Actually I have bought myself Buffalo G54 card today.
It is 3 times (!) cheaper then Proxim Orinoco and works perfectly
with NDISualtor (it is Broadcom based):
device = 'BCM4306(??) 802.11g Wireless NIC'
Just thought I should warn everyone - do NOT buy crappy Proxim.
p.s. Buffalo costs 54 singapore dollards here
(it is about $32 usd) I should say it is very
cheap for B/G card!
p.p.s. I was looking for a G card with external connector,
seems like now I have found one. Tomorrow will go
buy a pack of them for my friends, to bring with me
when I will go back to Russia.