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WiFi extender question?

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Found 31st Jan
Hi all, we live in a new build which we moved into last year and currently get approx 2.5 mb broadband speeds (that's on a good day but it regularly drops and we have issues with it reconnecting)we have checked every few days to see if we can get fibre but to no avail, a friend lives on the same new build estate approx 100-125m away but has fibre getting around 35mb, my question is would a WiFi extender be able to send a strong enough signal to my house to be able to get higher speeds than what I currently can? The space is pretty open between the houses but wanted to know weather this option is viable.
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Yes, with two dishes, line of sight and the right hardware you can establish a link between the two properties.
If said friend lives opposite you then there is a good chance they would just need to put there router on there window ledge, and you have your devices that side of the house. Problem is when they live on the same side of the road and the signal has to travel through several walls, this quickly brakes down the signal. Another option if the neighbour live on the same side of the street is to get them to stick this outside of there window, that is assuming there router has an sma connector, the cable on these antennas are quite thin so you can easily close a double glazed window on the cable. Your neighbor will still get internet and hopefully having this antenna outside the property will save the signal having to penetrate to many solid walls. gearbest.com/wal…tml the antenna does best placed on a metal object such as a baking tray or biscuit tin.



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Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 31st Jan
As kester implies, the normal omnidirectional antennas on extenders won't work. They're just a standard wi-fi devices and can no better pick up your friend's network than your phone can.

You'll need a pair of directional aerials to create a decent link. One mounted on your house and one on your friend's. Wi-fi is two-way of course, which is why you need them on both houses. Generally with aerials the trade-off is between signal strength and how sensitive they are to the exact direction, with dishes being the strongest and most sensitive.

Whether you should connect them directly to an extender I'm not sure. Extenders always used to disappoint people. Because they has to clear the airwaves to re-transmit everything they halved the bandwidth, and in a normal setup that's on top of the speed loss from being far enough from the router to be useful (as the ranges are identical).

They have improved a bit in recent years with technology like crossband but I suspect you might still see better speeds from having one device acting as a wireless bridge to receive the signal and another as a local wi-fi access point for your devices to connect to.

I'm not sure though, I've never set up a long distance wi-fi link. You might want to consult a specialist networking forum or shop (broadbandbuyer, smallnetbuilder etc.)
if its line of sight with no interference, it would work technically with the right good quality kit at each end. You would probably have to replace the ISP hub, unless using a BT Home Hub 6, with something better. But legally, you would be breaching the ISP contract.
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Thanks for replies, just had a open reach visit and was told there was an interference on the line which they have now fixed (even though it wasn't there on the previous 2 visits) so that should prevent the drop outs, so hopefully that part of my issue will be sorted.tbh I don't think she'd want cables /Ariels about her house so unfortunately i may have to just wait til fibre is available. Just a pain as there is supposedly space in the cabinet but the ports haven't been released
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