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How to amplify wireless signal that I receive?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by chickenwings, Sep 29, 2007.

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  1. chickenwings

    chickenwings Thread Starter

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    The university I work at has an off-campus wireless network. But the signal to my house is very weak. What can I do to amplify this signal? Is there some kind of USB antenna available?

    I use a laptop with a built-in g/b card to access wireless internet. This specific network that I'm talking about is a g network.
     
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    Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain™ WiFi Range Extending Products.

    Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

    Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a some examples.

    Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

    Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna

    [HAO14SD] Outdoor Hi-Gain 14dBi Directional Antenna Kit
     
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    chickenwings Thread Starter

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    Thanks for all your suggestions... HOWEVER... this is the problem: My current wireless access card is built in, so there's no way for me to attach a High-Gain antenna to my card.

    I am surprised that no company's come up with some kind of USB solution yet, i.e. an antenna that plugs into your USB port but boosts the incoming wireless signal.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    I'd suggest that you buy a wireless card that is not built-in.

    One alternative is to buy a wireless bridge or access point. Connect the hi-gain antenna and/or booster to that, and connect it using a cable to the machine.

    The only "USB Solution" would be a USB connected wireless adapter, since an antenna connected directly to the USB wouldn't accomplish much. These already exist in quantity.
     
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