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How to extend a public wifi signal?

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  1. OM2

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    I have a TP-Link TL-WA850RE N300.
    I thought I could use this to extend a public wifi signal.
    I chatted to TPLink. No: I can they said.

    Any ideas? Can I use a different device?

    The network I want to extend doesn't have a password.
    Instead, when you connect, it asks for a password then.

    I saw a youtube video that seemed to use the TP-Link TL-WA850RE N300 + a tplink router.
    It made no sense to me.

    I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

    Thanks.
     
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    Unless you have documentation in which the owner states that it is OK to extend the signal the first step is to discuss with the owner what you intend to do and get their permission. Along with their permission they may also give directions for the extension.

    I think any other advice will run up against our forum rules.
     
  3. OM2

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    i didn't know it was a grey area.
    i have right to access.
    you can only access if you have a valid user name and password.
    but... i never thought about needing permission extending - you most likely are correct.
     
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    Please let us know what you find out.
     
  5. OM2

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    Youtube has a few answers. I don't think it's as straight forward as it should be.

    I understand that it might be not 100% legal...
    The problem is, if I stand on one leg and stretch my arm out and curve my body so that my phone is held at 37 degrees, I get reception for a network I have the rights to access.
    I don't think there's anything wrong in this instance to give myself a boost.
     
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    You may discover that the TL-WA850RE might have to be held the same way to get it to work. You should see if you can find a repeater with detachable external antennas and then get a high gain antenna for it. I am not familiar with what kind of repeaters are available these days to make any kind of a recommendation.
     
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    If it's something your local government or utility company provides, let them know you can't get a signal. They may help you.
     
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