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dkcwec

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My husband & I just got DSL, or at least I am on DSL. His computer is in the garage, upstairs where his "playroom" is and is approx. 85 ft. from the house. We were sold a wireless adapter for his computer. The problem is there is too much interference, too many walls to go through. Any ideas. Will wireless even work? He is on XP and I am on ME. We were told that going phone lines would not help much because the speed would be cut considerably. Where can I go for information on what to do?
 
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Hi, wireless should work but line of sight to the router is a big thing for signal. Depending on which brand you went with there are signal boosters for the base unit or gateway.
Computers being differant OS's will not make a differance, but keep in mind to keep workgroup the same for both to share resources etc.
 

dkcwec

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Understood from our DSL tech center that the boosters would not help much in this situation.
 
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Hmm, looks like you might have to go wired then. Much better solution ad much more secure.
 

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This is not as big an issue as it might seem. What you probably need is at least one hi-gain antenna, perhaps two. If you cruise over to www.dlink.com and check in their wireless section, you'll see a number of antennas, several for outdoor use. You will need wireless equipment on both ends with the capability of attaching the antenna cable. I have a D-Link DI-614+ that I got on a rebate deal for $15, and it allows the external antenna connection. The D-Link PCI wireless cards also have an external antenna connection.

D-Link is by no means the only maker, I'm just using them for example, because they happen to have some hi-gain directional antennas that would be just the ticket to solve your problem. :)
 

dkcwec

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Talked to another tech last night and they said a phone adapter would work. I think we are going to try that route for now. Anyone know a good one to get?
 

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Phone adapter? I don't even know what he's talking about. :)
 
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Yeah, uhh, phone adapter?

The current set up right now I have is 3 computers in the basement, with the cable modem plugging into a Linksys wireless router. Then about 50 feet outside is the office building houseing 2 desktops and a latop, using one access point, going into a switch and feeding the computers. The internet connection is top notch for a wireless connection.
 

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I worked with a guy that had a relative about 3/4 mile away that he wanted to share Internet with, we rigged him up with a pair of hi-gain directional antennas and wireless bridges, and they're happy as clams. I think the person that's recommending phone lines doesn't have any idea of the capability of WiFi when properly configured. :rolleyes:
 
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another option if you really wanted to go wireless is to have 1 wireless router,& 2 access points..1 access point will act as simply an access point & the other is set as a repeater of signal.
 
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could you be talking about networking over your phone line? I have used the power adaptors before, to have a network in your house via enternal electrical wiring.. it works.. but.. ick...

another option if you really wanted to go wireless is to have 1 wireless router,& 2 access points..1 access point will act as simply an access point & the other is set as a repeater of signal.


that would be the "booster", when actually it's just a repeater/attenuator.
 
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