Subject: Re: Wireless Card Recommendations
To: David Young <>
From: Bryan Vyhmeister <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/07/2003 01:24:13
On Mon, Jul 07, 2003 at 02:59:43AM -0500, David Young wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 06, 2003 at 08:42:19PM -0700, Bryan Vyhmeister wrote:
> > I would highly recommend the EnGenius/Senao cards available from:
> > 
> >
> > 
> > They are 200 mW where most cards are 30 mW or maybe up to 100 mW. They
> This is SO off topic, but this begs for a response: 200mW is OVERKILL
> for most applications. 50mW or LESS is sufficient for the majority of
> applications.  Be a responsible user of the spectrum (and save money!) by
> choosing the right power level for your application. Home and office
> networking does NOT usually require 200mW.

You do have a good point. The reason I use 200 mW cards is that the
environment I usually work in is very spread out and 200 mW has allowed
me greater range. I have also used 200 mW cards for outdoor,
long-distance links. As far as low power cards go, the Orinoco cards
have an excellent reputation. Their sensitivity is excellent and they
are 30 mW. The downside is that they cannot work in access point mode
(as far as I know). Most of the time, 30 mW provides plenty of power for
most WLAN applications.