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Old 06-08-2007, 03:31 PM
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Hi all,

Alright, I'm fairly new to wireless networking. My query stems from my current situation, which is thus:

Since I live out in the boonies, the only internet service that you can get higher than dial-up is satellite- in this case, HughesNet (formerly DirecWay). When we were forced to switch over to HughesNet, a rather restrictive bandwidth cap was instituted, something we'd never had a problem with when we had DirecWay, and the only way to get rid of it is to upgrade to the higher (and more expensive service).

As a work around, I plan to see if I can instead tap into my neighbor's wireless network, since he somehow managed to get a T1 installed in his home (God only knows how); plus, he's already given us permission to do so, so we don't have to worry about trespassing on his network.

To do this, I'm planning on constructing a homemade coffee-can-type antenna.

My question is, while all the information I've seen on the net have shown hooking up these kind of antennas directly to a laptop with an external wireless card, is there any way to somehow broadcast the signal from the cantenna itself, throughout the house? For example, would it be possible to hook it up to a wireless router?

Any assistance is appreciated, and much thanks!
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Old 06-10-2007, 06:31 PM
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whats the distance your trying to bridge?
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:36 PM
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About a hundred yards, give or take.
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Old 06-14-2007, 06:14 PM
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http://www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/
Do-It-Yourself Wireless Antennas Update and Wi-Fi Resource Center | WiFi Wireless Frequently Asked Questions
here's a few interesting pages for you which give different routes you can go down. as long as your wireless router has a repeater function (to enable it to act as a wireless range extender so to speak) and an external antenna connection it should be possible to attach any type of antenna, but the usb options are the cheapest.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:51 PM
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Hmmm...well, the USB option *does* look promising, and I'll have to investigate it further when I'm done with work tomorrow. However, in the mean time, I have a Linksys WRT54GS, and I don't know if that actually has repeater capability and/or external antenna hook-up (from the looks of it, it's only designed to take CAT5 hook-ups). The manual doesn't say anything about it, but then again, most manuals only give you about 10% of a device's capability anyway.

Can anyone verify that for me?
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:47 PM
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ok then

the good news is that im fairly certain this model has a wirless bridge / repeater mode

and the even better news is depending on which type it is (mk 1 or 2 etc) you can download some excelent thirdparty firm ware which can realy improve things a litttle check out Linksys WRT54G series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

with this router the general thing to do is set to repeater mode, mount high up with clear line of site to network trying to connect to and then browse internet.

hope this helps
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Old 06-24-2007, 07:44 PM
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Your router is compatible with DD-WRT (one of the best free third-party firmware www.dd-wrt.com ), using the V24 beta version...you can repeate the signal very easely.

in 100yards if you have good line-of-sight..youŽll probably get the signal without a problem...your router will receive the signal of your neighbor and repeate to an SSID (name of the wireless conection) youŽll create, also Repeater mode in DD-WRT is capable of WPA2, which make your wireless protection very secure.

visit Main Page - WRT Wiki to learn how to install the firmware in your router, also repeater mode is very explained in the wiki.

very important is you know the version of your WRT54GS (ex v1 or v2, etc) and check in DD-WRT any issues when installing the firmware.

Regarding the antenna, your WRT54GS probably will have a RP-TNC conector. Using a pigtail (cable to connect router to a antenna) and a N-connector, you can make a tin-cantenna.
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