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How to install a WiFi adapter on a desktop computer?

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Here is a good article how to install a WiFi adapter on a computer that does not come with WiFi preinstalled.

How to make Windows remember the network password on client computers?

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By default, only Windows XP remembers the passwords for Ad-Hoc networks. With Daihinia you can, however, make later versions of Windows remember it too.

Start Daihinia Control App, go to the Ad-Hoc tab, and "create" the Ad-Hoc network with the same parameters as on the computer where the mesh is initiated: same SSID, same encryption type, same password. And voila, Daihinia will create a wireless network profile that contains the password, Windows will not ask it each time you connect to that network.

Please note that if you change the password, you'll have to repeat this procedure again.

See also: Deploy network parameters from one computer to another via a flash drive.

How to change the password of the mesh that we created?

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Open Daihinia Control Application, select the Ad-Hoc tab, then press Create Ad-Hoc Network:

How to enable 802.11n mode for Ad-Hoc?

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Some adapters do not use 802.11n mode by default, user has to manually enable it in driver settings.

How to enable multiple gateways?

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If you have several computers with Internet connections, enable Internet Sharing on each of them, then change the private interface's IP address to form a unique subnet. Client computers, when they connect to your Daihinia mesh, will choose the gateway that responds quicker, i.e some optimum between proximity and gateway load level.

Can I easily deploy mesh nodes from a flash drive?

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Yes, there is a possibility to save the Daihinia mesh network profile onto a USB flash drive and deploy new nodes quickly.

Signal quality does not represent the actual speed, why?

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The signal quality you are used to observe is meant for Infrastructure Mode, when you are connected only to one point: the Access Point. And that indicator shows the signal quality between you and the AP.

In a mesh network, however, your station may be connected to several other stations at the same time, thus it's hard to show one indicator representing all of them.

Different manufacturers decided differently on how to report the signal strength in such a case; the smarter ones report the average value, and the cheapest ones always report a fixed signal strength no matter how weak or strong the actual signals are.

Try to update your adapter driver, there are chances that a newer driver represents signal strength data somehow closer to the reality.

How to set it up?

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  • Setting up the Internet Gateway computer:

  • Setting up a Client computer:
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