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Connecting to Wi-Fi is easier the closer you are to the access point. That's another reason to not use someone else's connection in the neighborhood.
I'm on the fringe of Wi-Fi and cannot connect. Why, when I can get closer, I can connect and when I return to the same spot, already connected, it stays online at that spot? The place where I could not connect now works if it's already connected when I move there?
In this excerpt from Answercast #73, I look at how Wi-Fi connections are created and why distance matters.
So, I believe that the actual process of establishing a Wi-Fi connection is, in fact, more complex than simply using an existing connection.
I believe that the hardware actually has to do some interesting detection of what frequencies are in use, and negotiate how to set up the connection, and so forth. So it doesn't surprise me that you may be able to take a solid connection when you are closer to the access point - and then move to an area where you wouldn't be able to initiate a connection, but you would still be able to use the connection you initiated.
Now, the concern I have is that the right solution to this problem is to get yourself another Wi-Fi hotspot. Get yourself coverage closer to the area in which you are trying to connect in the first place.
Remember that Wi-Fi is yours... you need to have Wi-Fi from your own internet connection.
If what you're talking about is that you're too far away from the coffee shop that's offering free Wi-Fi - that's bad. You're using their Wi-Fi without their permission. They usually require that you come in and at least have a cup of coffee and use the Wi-Fi on site.
If you're actually within range of somebody else's Wi-Fi and are using it without their permission, that's not something you should be doing.
On the other hand, if this is a Wi-Fi access point that you've set up on
your own internet connection at your home, or in your business, then the right
solution is to set up another wireless access point closer to where you want to
make the connection.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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