Boosting Wireless Range - need advice

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tommo020788

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Hi, I've been looking into ways to boost wireless signal so I can pick up wireless signal from my neighbors (yes I have permission to join their network).

The reason I need a decent way to boost signal, is because their house is about 200 meters away from me here...

I have come up with a couple of ideas, but I just want to know what people think of the idea, and weather it would be effective enough or not.

1st Idea:
Pass the wireless signal through a wireless signal amplifier, then onto a directional wireless antenna.
Here are two products I have looked at:
Amplifier~
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=400176250744
or
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320632416654

Directional Antenna~
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/2-4GHz-8dBi-...rs_Networking_Accessories&hash=item35ae8e69b7

So I would run a USB cable to one of those signal amplifiers, then run a coaxial cable to the wireless directional antenna, to point in the direction of the neighbors.

Would this be an effective solution?
Or would it not give me the results I need?

I have also looked at a more drastic solution, of buying a Satellite Dish, and replacing the signal transmitter with the directional wireless antenna.
I've attached an image outlining what I would do in this instance...

Once again, would this be effective? :rolleyes:
 

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Hi, I've been looking into ways to boost wireless signal so I can pick up wireless signal from my neighbors (yes I have permission to join their network).
You may have permission from the neighbours , but they will be breaking the ISP T&Cs they signed up to - the majority of ISP in the western world have clauses that talk about premises and that the ISP is only supplying to one premises unless its a very specific business service and then extremly expensive

so I'm afraid this does go against the rules here for wifi piggybacking
and i will close
 
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