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Another WIFI antennae question

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jctusa, Dec 4, 2011.

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  1. jctusa

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    I am trying to boost my WIFI signal from the 14th floor of a condo building. My connection is two bars inside the unit and downstairs or lower floors it is 4 or 5 bars. I did purchase a Netgear WIFI range extender from Radio Shack, but that will be going back today, but during that process I learned a few things. If I go outside to the balcony, I can get a 4 bar signal and also if I stay indoors at the doorwall with the doorwall open, I can get a 4 bar signal. Evidently the glass does restrict the signal. The only problem with that is on bright sunny days, you can't see the screen.

    I was hoping there is a external WIFI antennae available that would allow me to plug into a USB port, extend the antennae outdoors to the balcony and not be restricted to sitting at the doorwall. I don't want to make any permanent changes to the laptop as this is a seasonal location for me. I have seen the USB adapter and wondered if that would be what I want to physically extend the access point of the antennae.

    Thanks in advance for reading and any viable suggestions you may have.

    jctusa
     
  2. prunejuice

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    Is your modem/router not inside your condo unit?
     
  3. jctusa

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    To my knowledge, the router is outside. When I ask about it, they always point to some poles outside.
     
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    Who is "they"?

    I'm having a hard time understanding why your ISP provider hasn't set up the WiFi transmitter inside your condo unit, much less inside your building.

    This is your network, correct?
     
  5. jctusa

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    Prunejuice, what exactly is a USB adapter? From what I can tell, they are a device to add wifi, if your laptop doesn't already have built in wifi. Reading their description, it sounds like it could be what I am looking for.
     
  6. jctusa

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    Sorry for the confussion. I am a seasonal renter at this condo and really don't know the particulars of their setup. They being the building management. Last year I stayed at a lower floor and didn't have a problem, but I got "upgraded" this year and as I suspected, the signal suffered. When I checked in and discovered the problem I asked and was told that they were working on it, but then I found out that is the pat answer they give every year. Later in the day, the man I spoke to told me the tech had finished and it was as good as it was going to get, which was completly smoke up my ***, as there was no one working on the net. Wish I could give more specifics, but really can't and I know my access to their router is prohibited.
     
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    Frank4d, I was thinking along those lines. Ideally, I would like to find something that I would be able to "stretch" to the balcony and close the door, leaving the laptop inside. Not that I am complaining being outdoors and have the gulf to look at while websurfing, but as soon as the sun makes an appearance, you may as well be staring at a blank screen. I am going to return the extender to Radio Shack and hopefully someone there may have another suggestion.
     
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    You couldn't get the Extender working at all, or when you got it working on the balcony its repeated signal was still not strong enough to penetrate the glass?
     
  10. jctusa

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    The extender worked, but it couldn't penetrate the glass or reach the router even on the balcony. I tried a USB adapter, which I thought was going to solve my problem, but same results. It showed I had a strong 4 to 5 bars signal, but when I closed the door, (the adapter was outside) the connection wasn't strong enough even though it still read 4 bars. Basicly it did the same either way, with or without, so why waste the money.

    I have since talked to some other owners and they solved the problem by having the internet provider install a antennae on the outside of their unit. Now they are able to be anywhere in the apartment and have a strong connection. I guess that is where I am at, either adapt or mabye share the expense with the owner of the apartment.
     
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