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Old 08-12-2009, 08:02 PM   #51
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And my mother had the one with the orange juicer attachment!

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Old 08-13-2009, 12:38 AM   #52
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I presume what you call "plugged extenders" are gizmos that carry the network signal through the AC power lines. I've heard of these, but I don't think they're very common over here.
This is they. If you have a house with 3-foot thick granite walls they're a great way of extending the WiFi network.

Unfortunately they only seem to be available in pairs in the UK which means buying and throwing away the wired adaptor if you want more than one WiFi access point.

   
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:55 AM   #53
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And I cannot resist: mixmasters? My dear, you are dating yourself! (I may be the only other person who knows what you mean.)
I'd imagine that this place is safely one where lots or people know what a mixmaster is. I certainly do, and not just from my childhood...

   
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Of course I know who Mixmaster is. I bought all his 12" singles on vinyl in the 80s.
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And my mother had the one with the orange juicer attachment!
I bought one of those at a tag sale, with both green glass bowls and the orange juicer attachment. It didn’t work, but Jack figured out it was because of a broken wire somewhere. He fixed it, and I used it for years.

I loved it for its sculptural qualities more than anything else, and I seemed to have acquired way too many such “sculptures,” so when a friend who collects green glass expressed interest in it, I gave it to her. But it was gorgeous.

   
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:24 AM   #56
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If you have a house with 3-foot thick granite walls they're a great way of extending the WiFi network.
Wow! That might enable me to use my laptop upstairs.

Thank you for that link!

   
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If you have a house with 3-foot thick granite walls ...
Holy smokes! I suppose working in the warm glow of the gamma rays would be some consolation, though.

   
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benwiggy: Of course I know who Mixmaster is. I bought all his 12" singles on vinyl in the 80s.
ROFL!!!

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Old 08-13-2009, 10:15 AM   #59
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Pardon my ignorance, but wouldn't Stuffit for Windows help?

   
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>> I have read, though, that there are network schemes working on the same house-wiring principle,

You've not been misled. There are such critters. Netgear makes them, for one. I've seen them at large computer stores like Microcenter, but not at the average office supply place.

>> but they may be more sensitive to data corruption, so having them on the same circuit may be of help, especially if there are "noisy" devices (mixmasters, other sparky, brush-motorized stuff) plugged in elsewhere in the house.

I use one of them in my house. The "base" and "remote" unit are on different circuits (relatively new wiring, up to code circa 1990's, circuit breakers). I've experienced no data corruption despite that.

But I suspect your caveats are quite reasonable ... the network itself doesn't carry much traffic and there aren't a lot of sparkies in the house. And none that I can think of on either of the circuits that serve these devices.

>> Again, I don't think they caught on here in N.A., though they may be in use elsewhere.

Yup. Might be in part due to the way they market the things; Netgear seems to want to sell them as wireless extenders. You buy a kit that gives you the "base" plus another gadget that becomes a wireless access point. Mine was a minor nuisance to configure (a major PITA for the novice, I'd expect). And not especially reliable. But the extra gadget that makes the remote a wired access point has been quite reliable and simple to set up and use.

   
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