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    Increasing your wireless footprint

    I'd like to start a little dialog here, on the possible ways for someone to increase their own WiFi footprint.

    Need to push a WiFi signal beyond the established norms? Upgrade from Wireless G to Wireless 300N. Then put your router in the very best place to put its signal where you want it. Direct line-of-sight is always best, wherever possible.

    I need to supply WiFi to my neighbor's house, over 200' away. Wireless G was just not getting the job done. So I upgraded to Wireless 300N on both ends.

    My Intellinet Wireless 300N router.

    It's sitting on a shelf, in front of a window, facing my neighbor's house.

    On their end, is a little Wireless 300N, USB device like the one on this laptop, complete with the 7db Gain antenna.

    At my neighbor's PC, I'm seeing a signal strength of four bars out of five.

    Now I need to push my signal even further, by at least another 200' to another neighbor's house. I'm thinking about using a directional antenna on the remote PC and outside the house, instead of inside.

    Does anyone have any experience doing this?

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    Hey Doc,

    Check out this site. I use their converted Linksys router to repeater technology in my motorhome to extend the signal range of campground wifi...works great! See photos of my setup here.
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    Bronze Lounger DrWho's Avatar
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    Thanks for the references. I'll check them out.

    I have a lot of 'stuff' around here, , dishes, routers, etc. that I will try to use as far as they go, just to keep the expenses down.
    If I get something rigged up that actually works, I'll post pictures.
    I've just been kicking the idea around about a one antenna router (150N ) at the focal point of a big 'Wild Blue' (Satellite Internet) dish.

    Cheers mates!
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    I've built a network over about 130 metres in a remote location using external directional antennas.

    A summary of the system was described in this post.

    Works just fine for the user, but there is some latency through the additional network nodes.

    You don't need that much gain from the antennae if they are line-of-sight and you have good RF cables. I recall the ones I used were something like 12dBi.

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    Well, 130 meters is about what I'm shooting for, or better.

    Thanks again, for the link. I'll check it out.

    I'm still in the investigative phase. Since my budget is ZERO,
    I'll have to use parts already at hand.

    Last edited by DrWho; 2011-08-12 at 09:42.
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