When I installed FC4 on my new work computer, I upgraded the firmware of my USR 8054 to fix a perceived problem with dropped connections. I haven't tested the new firmware, rev. 1.67b44, to see whether it fixes that problem. I notice, however, that the new firmware seems to introduce a new problem: when I'm in bed, I can't use the WiFi connection on my Pocket PC. This is a problem for two reasons. First, I want good coverage so WiFiFoFum running on my HP iPAQ 6315.
Here are the results:
|third floor bedroom||-52||-54||-50|
|third floor bathroom||-70||-70||-69|
|second floor bathroom||-90||-90||-90|
|second floor bedroom||-69||-69||-68|
|first floor front door||-67||-73||-68|
|first floor back door||-90||-90||-90|
My hypothesis was completely wrong. In fact, the oldest firmware, 1.21h, introduced a new dead spot that the newer firmwares did not experience. When WiFoFoFum reports -90 RSSI, it means that it sees the ESSID, but the signal is very weak. I have to conclude that the newer firmwares are better, using their default settings. I will use the latest firmware, 1.67b44.These results really point out that I need either a more powerful access point or WiFi repeaters throughout the house. I will investigate these ideas later.