[Novalug] problem getting wifi signal
jkohles at palantir.com
Tue Mar 1 19:33:45 EST 2011
People routinely get signals 2-3 km with nothing but a homemade waveguide (google for cantenna or wifi wok for examples.
The important thing to remember is that the signal is bidirectional, if you are going to use a high gain antenna for extra power, you need to do it at both ends of the link.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Jay Hart [mailto:jhart at kevla.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 04:02 PM
To: novalug at calypso.tux.org <novalug at calypso.tux.org>
Subject: Re: [Novalug] problem getting wifi signal
I remember some years back about groups building their own antennas. You
might google this stream and see if it digs anything up.
> On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 08:11:59PM +1300, Mark Smith wrote:
>> i have no internet access except for wifi at my place, but there are
>> some problems with it. the signal is going through a repeater that is
>> line of sight if i'm sitting on my deck, but inside the signal needs
>> to go through two buildings and then through one wall of my building.
>> the signal is crap and more often than not it doesn't work at all.
>> i'm thinking i can put up a directional antenna on my roof line.
>> and then rebroadcast it directly into my house.
> what kind of equipment is necessary. can an ordinary access point
> provide this kind of functionality? i was looking around and there are
> some outdoor units i can buy, but residential units range from NZD$300
> to NZD$1200. it's a self contained repeater. would you expect it to
> be cheaper to have an external anntenna to a regular wap or something
> like that?
> Mark Smith
> mark at winksmith.com
> mark at tux.org
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