> We show that the digital signal that accompanies broadcast FM radio has sufficient structure to enable effective scheduling relative to it. It thus provides a common reference for neighboring devices to harmonize their transmissions, yet without requiring any explicit communication among them.
For example, if there are 3 APs on each of the three non-overlapping channels, using a channel between those channels may provide better results than directly competing with 3 other APs for the entire channel.
However, it also depends on the observed signal strength for each of the competing APs. For best results, you should probably test your equipment.
But if you really want decent transfer rates between devices, just use Ethernet. I've given up on ever reaching even 50% of rated speeds on wifi. With competing APs, walls, distance, etc, it's just never going to happen.
Couldn't vouch for how well it'd work in an apartment setting, though.
"The 1-6-11 recommendation contained in Cisco's whitepaper about IEEE 802.11 deployment in the corporate environment certainly does not apply to all circumstances! For example, in moderately congested neighbourhoods, one stands a very good chance to benefit from not sticking to this proposed scheme."
"the situation usually gets worse when one voluntary abides to the 1-6-11 non-overlapping channel scheme. Doing so will expose your devices to the IEEE 802.11 RTS/CTS/ACK (Request to Send / Clear to Send / Acknowledge) of alien devices, effectively silencing your devices and hence forcedly lowering your bandwidth. This problem is known as the exposed node problem. In a corporate setting this problem can be solved by synchronising the nodes. In the wild, this is not readily achievable."
"In big corporate networks it's common practice to use channels 1,6 & 11 because it is fairly straightforward (at least on a diagram) to design non-overlapping cells of coverage. As a home user you don't have the same constraints so it makes sense to experiment and look for the best channel."
"I am a Ham Radio operator. I have done extensive testing. On my Actiontec or ZyXcel, channel 1 is abysmal! Channel 11 is a close second to the death of channel 1. ACTUAL power readings put 3 and 4 as the strongest signal output and throughput. Channels 6 and 9 are the standard preset. so actually avoid 1,6,9,11. I am a DSL tech also. I have walked people through changing channels from 9-10-11 to 3 or 4. They are amazed at the doubling of the wifi signal on all devices across the board."
"Hence, I call for actually measuring one's own signal-to-noise level...The Quality value takes into account noise from overlapping channels."
The bottom line is as I said: test your own equipment in your own environment and find what works best for you.
Basically combo powerline data with rapidly blinking (1000+ hz, iirc) leds to be able to give specific rooms wireless data. And if the light is polarized, a simple coating on the windows that match can let light in, but not data out.
Example of what tech such optics could use:
Solid-state variable optics: https://www.osapublishing.org/oe/abstract.cfm?uri=oe-18-13-1...
Compact non-conical optics: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/out-with-the-old-in-with...