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    Recomendations for wireless antenna and router

    Hi folks, hope this is the right place to ask these questions.
    Back story. I'm at an RV park in rural AZ. Have been paying $50+ for wifi through IEU (ISP)wireless which uses Cox for signal. The park is a coop and we just built are own "Ruckus" system that when measured by walk arounds, shows each lot getting a 2 to 10 Mbps down signal through a system of APs. I am 100+/- feet from the nearest line of sight AP and although my LP shows 3 to 4 bars "General wifi status in Win 10" down speeds are consistently below 500kbps, up speeds are near zero and it drops the signal a lot to return to old ISP, which is still operating. I know I need an antenna and wireless router as I have had to use similar equipment with existing ISP, even with antenna less then 30ft from my window in the RV (NanostationlocoM2 wired into a Netgear router N300, belonging to ISP). I seems I will need something similar for this new set up. I have line of sight view of AP, I am in an RV (fibreglass thin walled body). Recommendations please, for antenna/booster and router or whatever, to supply a signal for internet, LPs, iPad, smartphones. Enough to be able to watch Netflixs and have AppleTV reception. I've tried to include info about current IP config and my new PC to see if that helps you folks with ideas one way or another. I hope this makes sense and also my PC and network skills are a little above beginner. Thanks for your help.
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    I'm far from an expert the wireless networking. However don't you essentially just need a repeater? And depending upon placement, perhaps something rated for outdoor use. Since you want video download services you'll need to get decent throughput and I don't think 2 Mbps will be adequate.

    What's stopping you from cloning your existing wireless setup? Either as a literal or notional idea?

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    Is there any improvement when you remove the SSID for the old ISP, or can you still use that and have you updated your Network drivers for Win 10 ?

    Have you turned off the Internet sharing in Win 10 ?

    Do you have any background applications that could be using up your bandwidth by phoning home - your Task Manager could help with that.

    Googling for external broadband aerials for rv brings up a number of links, but Googling from your location should give them more suitable for your locale.

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=external+broadband+aerials+for+rv

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    Thanks guys for the response.
    My existing set up was put in by the ISP crew as even with the antenna/repeater etc less the 30 ft from my window I could get or hold their wifi signal. As stated the "Nanostation loco 2" brings in the signal (I guess) and is wired into a Netgear wireless router which allows all of our devices to connect and supplies enough bandwidth (?) to use Netflixs and when my PC is connected to TV via MDMI cable allows for TV through the internet.
    My new PC is 4/5 months old with Win 10 pro and is up to date (although I don't know about all drivers). I will google broadband aerials and reread again all my options.
    Again thanks for your suggestions.

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    Here's something you might try -- a homemade directional wifi antenna.

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    Thank you mrjimphelps, yes something to try. I will have to route the wifi signal from antenna to wireless router so that other devices can use it too. I'm sure it can be done. I have to assemble all hardware and make sure the wires and fittings can work with them all. It does look like a great idea if I can put it all together. Trying get my old head around all the parts, connections, thank you again....

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