How does this work?
I just moved my old test PC (1ghz socket 370 M754 PCchips with Belkin54g PCI card) to the back room of the house.
Its now 4 rooms away from the access point in a double brick wall house.
I expected signal strength to suffer, and it did.
Even so the Belkin 54g setup didn't disgrace itself too badly, and I recorded 43% signal strength at 48 mbs.
As the arial at the back of the PC was facing away from the signal (ie the ATX case is between it and the access point) I placed the metal side panel off of an old PC case about 5" away from it to reflect the signal to it and past the ATX case towards the access point.
This brought the strength up to 56% at 54mbs. Not too bad.
Then as I moved cables around to get a good route for the mouse cable I noticed that the signal strength altered about 10% depending how I routed it.
After playing around with various positions I finally got a stable 63% strength.
How does this come about?
Is the USB mouse cable acting as an arial or primitive repeater in combination with the reflector panel?
Overall I thought the Belkin did a good job.
Are there better mediums than sheet steel to act as a reflector...eg. alfoil sheet?