Wi-Fi question for the computer folks...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Manuel Garcia O'Kely, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    OK, so I built this awsome antenna that solves one of my wi-fi problems but I am still having some problems with inside the house use of my Ipod Touch.

    It seems that the walls are enough to attenuate the signals below useful levels far more than I would prefer.

    Searching the Web, I've found some very high power wireless transmitters but they are over $400.

    Do any of you know of a more realistically priced router that might have better than average power or range for other design reasons? I'm really just trying to get full coverage in my house here, not cover four city blocks.

    FWIW, my current router is a combo DSL/Wi-Fi unit since my original DSL router took a shit a couple years ago. It does not have a removable antenna so that's not an option.

    Any thoughts?
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  2. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    Good question... my parents got an AVM Fritzbox router that works great from the cellar to first floor through 2 concrete heated floors. Don't even know if they sell to the US though.

    Could be that WiFi on the Ipod simply sucks. Does it work with a laptop?
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  3. Tweaker

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    Yes, there are Linux based routers with Broadcom chipset in which you can raise the power, illegally but if you don't interfere with anything, nobody will ever know. You will have to hack it with a third party firmware, such as dd-wrt or tomato to get the buried options.

    I have an older Buffalo router and some Linksys linux routers have power beyond normal regulations, not sure about the newer Linksys. Older routers can be found on ebay. Look around and read about Linksys WRT54G/GL/GS and the Buffalo WHR-G54S/WHR-HP-G54.

    BUT, I thought the newest generation routers already had super-duper extended range?
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  4. vfxdog

    vfxdog Been here awhile

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    I bought one of these for around $80 a month or so ago, and it works way better than I expected.
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  5. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Thanks, I ordered one of the lesser models on line and hopefully it will solve my problem!
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  6. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Any of the UBN routers can be pushed way above legal limit. They are very cheap ($50+) industrial wireless access points. I've used them at two customer sites. At one site I used only one to get signal from access point inside a steel building to another steel building -- worked like a champ.

    My second customer has two of them, and they act like a bridge. They don't have a line of sight due to trees, and they are about 1km away... Very slight signal loss during heavy rains. :evil
    http://www.ubnt.com/
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  7. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    OK, I bought this one:

    http://www.hawkingtech.com/products/productlist.php?CatID=32&FamID=105&ProdID=293

    It came two days ago, I plugged it in, set it up in about 3 minutes and it works perfectly.

    Fast FedEx Ground service too.

    this company seems to have a wide variety of useful extending products for WiFi use. This unit has a removable antenna with an SMA connector so you can easily add on a higher gain antenna if it's not enough. And Hawking sells the higher gain antennas as well.

    FYI.
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