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Longer Range WIFI

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jwarren4u, Feb 12, 2007.

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  1. jwarren4u

    jwarren4u Thread Starter

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    I have a friend that needs to get wifi to his shop which is about 750' away with clear line of sight, is this possible? My thoughts are setting up 2 wireless routers set up like a repeater? If so which model of routers seem to have the best range? I'm also not apposed to getting him to get a high gain directional antenna somewhere on the setup if it's feasible to expect it to make the connection happen. Any help and suggestions are greatly appreciated
     
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    If you are going to configure a router as a repeater (or range extender), rather than worry about best range make sure you get a router that can be configured that way (because only a few can be).
     
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    I think you'd be far better off with a couple of directional antennas. I did a 3/4 mile link with a pair of Cantenna units and Linksys boxes. You could also consider a signal booster.

    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 couple of examples.

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

    Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna
     
  4. yzman

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    yeah i know linksys boxes mostly support that, but few of the rest do
     
  5. jwarren4u

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    Thanks for teh suggestions, it all seems pretty much inline with my line of thinking on making long range wifi work. Just wanted to see if I was missing anything obvious
     
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    Kinda expensive, but it's a similar idea. :)
     
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    I recently saw an add for a router with a 400 mW RF output.

    I would do some research on high gain antennas such as Tin can antennas, corner reflectors, and maybe log periodic antennas. They are easy and cheap to make. They can boost the 100 m W output by several DB. A 3 DB gain will boost a 100 mW to 200 m W. A sheet of aluminum foil behind the router antenna mihjt give you that much.
     
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    The links I provided give you all of those options. The booster states: Adjustable Power Output Settings (100mW, 200mW, 500mW). I've used this device, it worked really well with one of the 7dB antennas. I could pick up the signal half a block from the building after I got it running. :)
     
  10. jwarren4u

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    Thanks for all the feedback it was all good info
     
  11. FlowrHuntr

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    I just bought a new wireless card for my desktop.
    It's supposed to work up to 1,400 feet and be faster than 802.11b or g. And it's supposed to be backward compatible to work with either.

    I don't know aabout the repeater thing, but it might be worth checking out. I would check a few tech review sights before buying anything though.

    Good luck.
     
  12. jwarren4u

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    Whatg was the brand on the wireless card you have with the 1400' range?
     
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    It's easy to write those kinds of numbers in the marketing literature. :D
     
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