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    Distance for Wireless Internet

    How far can a person be from the wireless router and still be able to connect to the internet. Are there anything like "boosters" or stronger antennas? I have a friend who lives in the boondocks - she is slightly too far away to be able to use DSL. Her brother who lives about 300 feet from her does have DSL. Could a wireless router be installed on his DSL so that she could receive the signal at her house?

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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    trebor,
    there are a number of wireless "range extenders" out there but most will not put an actual distance improvement in their specs.

    Some say 30 to 60% increase in range. ( but increase over what? )
    D-Link, Buffalo and Netgear are some of the companies that come to mind but I think it was Netgear that claimed ALMOST 500 feet improvement.

    You will have to check out these sites on line and ask for specifics and MAYBE "try and buy".
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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    Distance is one attenuating factor, but "what the signal has to go through" is fairly important too. If receiver and transmitter are quite near the external walls of the respective houses that might well be OK.

    Maybe look at the newer MIMO technology which is supposed to have a greater range (called Pre-N). Just as an example, see this Netgear wireless router. Note that there are people passionately for, and others passionately against, any router manufacturer you care to name...

    John

    PS Beware also that "Pre-N" technology may not be compatible with the full, official, "N" standard, when it is finally promulgated some time next year...
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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    John,
    You are right on saying there are other factors besides distance. Local interference of many types, power line conditions, etc.
    One thing that is missed many times is whether your house is insulated with FOIL backed insulation. The foil acts as a very good shield for the RF. Foil insulating is very popular and it is often forgotten as a possible trouble maker.
    I'm sure that the specs on a unit are acquired under IDEAL conditions.
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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    Bob

    UK houses tend to be built with double-skinned brick walls, with the intervening gap filled with "cavity wall insulation", either a sort of fibre thermal insulation as they are built or subsequently injected with mineral fibres or polystyrene beads. Foil backing in the UK would be rare/unknown (unless someone can tell me otherwise!).

    Of course some ancient cottages can have external stone walls perhaps two or three feet thick...!

    Yes, I forgot about interference of all types, perhaps even from nearby neighbours!

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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    Would you not also have to exercise some concern with the neighbor's wifi devices picking up on your broadcast signal?
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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    You sure should be concerned with other devices picking up your signal.

    The only good thing is that trebor says that the locations are out in the boondocks but it still wouldn't stop someone with a laptop in a car cruising the area and doing a little snooping.
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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    I have assumed, of course, that you will be using the best wireless security available at this time, namely WPA2!!

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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    Neighbour's detecting your Wireless signal should be no problem. If you have configured your security settings appropriately, they won't be able to see your data or use your connection.

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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    >> unless someone can tell me otherwise!...

    I can - foil-backed plasterboard is quite often used, particularly on outer walls, in bathrooms and as additional fireproofing, and where the builder is not cutting costs to the minimum.

    And don't forget mud walls like I have, which are pretty good at blocking radio signals.

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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    We can but hope that they are not wanting to do computery things in the bathroom... <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    It would only require that the bathroom be in the way, not necessarily occupied...

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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    There are radio hobbyists out there that expirement with adding antennas to the wireless card and greatly extending the usable range of the wireless router.

    If she has some technical ability, she could check out some web sites like this one:

    http://www.binarywolf.com/249/

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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

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    Re: Distance for Wireless Internet

    Just watch out for "Up load"

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