I changed the Martian wireless router to use channel 10 instead of something random (as it was). Using the Android app 'Wifi Analyzer' we could see that the usual channels are dominated by FlumeLab and Caltech Beaver.
The range from 9-13 looked clean so we put it up there. Also, the signal strength drops from -45 to -70 dBm as we walk from the BS down to the ends. We need to tweak the router position and orientation to give us another 10 dB so that we can reliably run the laptops at the ends.