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Boosting a wireless signal

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
hello all whats a good piece of kit to extend the wireless distance of a router ?
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
A Wireless Range Extender ?
#2
awoodhall2003
A Wireless Range Extender ?


i was more looking for product recommendations:thumbsup:, what the issue is that someone is wanting to extend the range of a wireless router so say its going up to 100m extend it to say 300 meters and so on!
#3
Depends on how you want to boost. Is it to boost all round range or in a specific direction? Some routers allow you to connect an external aerial (buy from ebay etc etc, search for 2.4Ghz antenna) that can boost the range. They vary from very directional (yagi - like a tv aerial) to a standard upright aerial that attaches direct to the router. There are also many plans on the internet for making your own (search 'cantenna' or '2.4Ghz patch antenna' for 2 popular and effective ones) but you need to know what you are doing to get good results.

Also, a lot of other devices in the house can interfere with the signal, notably the microwave and cordless phones - try switching them off to see if the reception gets better.

Finally, sometimes even a small move of the router can make a big difference to the strength elsewhere in the house. If you can try placing the router higher, lower, left, right etc and see if there is an improvement.

HTH

Dave
#4
u need a coke can mate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnV9D7p4Fyo
its meant to work too, psm3 said it does also
#5
tin foil
#6
what the issue is for someone else is that a wireless signal needs to be directed to the building next door, now the router has to be moved nearer to the window but i was thinking how to send it further towards next door and a damn good reciever for the wireless signal to a desktop computer!
#7
kronas
i was more looking for product recommendations:thumbsup:, what the issue is that someone is wanting to extend the range of a wireless router so say its going up to 100m extend it to say 300 meters and so on!


Kronas

For that kind of improvement you are looking at a VERY directional solution as wireless uses fairly low power. A well-made cantenna (see above post) would manage that as would a good Yagi. Deal Extreme do a couple that may work if you can wait on delivery. Ideally you would have a YAGI on both ends but appreciate that's not really possible if you connecting a laptop (or other mobile device).

Dave
#8
Here's one booster that may work.
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-WIFI-Antenna-Reception-Booster/

Remember thought that you can't increase the signal with an aerial, only direct it so you may lose a lot of reception from the first building to connect the second.

Dave
#9
wirteless N routers offer extended range and speed so might be worth a go.

i just bought this one which is a great for £41.00 imo

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/625230/44-99-discount-code-on-belkin-f5z01?p=8030722#post8030722
#10
Wirral_guy
Depends on how you want to boost. Is it to boost all round range or in a specific direction? Some routers allow you to connect an external aerial (buy from ebay etc etc, search for 2.4Ghz antenna) that can boost the range. They vary from very directional (yagi - like a tv aerial) to a standard upright aerial that attaches direct to the router. There are also many plans on the internet for making your own (search 'cantenna' or '2.4Ghz patch antenna' for 2 popular and effective ones) but you need to know what you are doing to get good results.

Also, a lot of other devices in the house can interfere with the signal, notably the microwave and cordless phones - try switching them off to see if the reception gets better.

Finally, sometimes even a small move of the router can make a big difference to the strength elsewhere in the house. If you can try placing the router higher, lower, left, right etc and see if there is an improvement.

HTH

Dave


thanks obviously you would lose signal around the first building but direct it with a patch antenna any good ones for a fair price ?

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