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Omni directional wifi setup?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by becks4eva, Dec 5, 2009.

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  1. becks4eva

    becks4eva Thread Starter

    Nov 12, 2009
    Im based in a very remote part of the world, where technology is hard to come by. However, we do have a "working" wireless networkk that needs a facelift. I'll try describe it best as possible and maybe someone can help out where possible.

    • Satelite recieves signal, enters hub at office. From hub into d-link router with omni directional arial attached. Office is 700m from furthest point of desired signal. At desired point of contact there is another d-link with patch reciever attached, and from that d-link I get wifi signal.

    • At other desired points spread over a 700m radius with arc of 180degrees from the office spans the other places where wifi signal is desired and so the same setup is in place. However the signal varies incredibly, often disconnecting.

    I would like to know if it is neccessary in ideal circumstances that we have all these routers and patches in place?

    Shouldnt we be able to recieve wifi signal directly from the omni directional?

    How would one go about setting this up?

    And if anyone has any interesting links to systems/places similar to what i have roughly described and/or if there is anywhere i should look specifically for help.

    Many thanks
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I'd try to boost the signal as much as possible at the primary router.

    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

    For 802.11n applications, this ZyXEL ANT1106 6db omni-directional antenna can be used.

    For really long range outdoor applications, this 24dB parabolic WiFi Antenna may be a good choice.

    If you have a wireless adapter that doesn't have provisions for an external antenna, one adapter that I've had good luck with is a Rosewill RNX-G1 USB Wireless Adapter. It's feature is that is has a removable antenna and will accommodate replacement antennas.

    This is just a sample of available products, many people have hi-gain antennas with similar specifications, but I haven't seen any other suppliers of signal boosters.
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