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Old 02-26-2009, 09:16 PM
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So I live in a house that is built out of 1 foot thick concrete walls built in a hill. Literally if you can picture Frodo's house but instead of a round door out side, its an overhead garage door. that's mi casa.

That being said, WiFi sucks.

Heres the scenario...

Computer is at the furthest northern room in the house. modem is hooked up to a wireless router. in the middle of the house is the living room. we get great reception there. then there is a door that leads into a short hallway, say 10 foot long max. as you go into this hallway you start to loose signal FAST. as you get to the door at the end of the hallway (this is the door to my bedroom) your signal is toast. I need to get signal in that room. from what I can find through digging around the net, I have a few options...

-signal booster.

-Range extender. (I dont know what the difference between this and a booster is but they are in different categories on a few different sites including new egg...)

-Antenna for laptop.

from what I can gather there are only a few companies that make range extenders. the main one being Hawking. Every review I can find says they are garbage.

Then you get to signal boosters. again there are only a few brands and most of them are under 100 bucks.

Then you get to antenas and you got anything from 20 bucks to 500.


My first thought was to mount an antenna right outside the door to the living room but i really don't want to have to run the cord through the hallway, through the second door, then half way through the room.

my only other thought was to maybe get an external wifi card in the laptop im using and get a decent antena that I can attach to the laptop and also get some kind of signal booster or range extender on the wireless router. That way im still really cordless. I dont have to run an antena cable 25= feet through the hallway and room.

I really don't see any more options with solid concrete walls. Any help would be awesome. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:07 PM
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Anyone?

I just purchased the EnGenius ECB3500 and Engenius EPI-3601S. Hopefully I made the right choice on those.

On another note, With the ECB3500, will I completely remove my wireless router and use the 3500 as the router or will I hook up my wireless router to the 3500?
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:52 PM
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To try and resolve my problem I purchased 2 things.

this: Which worked amazing. I got 3 out of 5 bars compared to no bars at all but to get the 3 bars I have to have a direct line of sight out the door, hallway and second door into the living room.

Then I purchased this:

now my question is on how to hook up the ECB3500. right now I have the modem hooked up to a wireless router then a patch cable from the wireless router to a computer thats right next to it.

My quetion is how do I hook up the ECB3500 in conjuction with the wireless router that I already have? theres only 1 ethernet port on the ECB3500. Can I just hook the ECB3500 into one of the 5 ports on the wireless router that I already have or do i get rid of my wireless router all together now that i have the ECB3500?

my initial thought was to get rid of my wireless router. But how would the hookup go? im assuming what I would have to do is put the DSL from the wall straight into the ECB3500 then get a wireless card for the computer thats right next to it? with my old wireless router there was 5 ports so I had no problem hooking up the PC next to the router via hard wire but the ECB3500 only has one ethernet port. Im really confused at this point. Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:43 PM
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No prob's with the signal to your property - its getting it from the front of the house to the rear of the house - correct?

Throw out the Ghz microwave components you are using to get the signal from the front of the hosue to the back, and invest in some VHF components - Ubiquiti (and other co's) make good quality 700Mhz and 900Mhz wireless cards/USB dongles and base modems & routers - for both laptops and desk top computers.

At the distances you are talking about, wifi at 700Mhz and 900Mhz frequencies walks through walls as if they weren't there (that is after all largely why they were developed).

End of problem.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:47 PM
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No prob's with the signal to your property - its getting it from the front of the house to the rear of the house - correct?

Throw out the Ghz microwave components you are using to get the signal from the front of the hosue to the back, and invest in some VHF components - Ubiquiti (and other co's) make good quality 700Mhz and 900Mhz wireless cards/USB dongles and base modems & routers - for both laptops and desk top computers.

At the distances you are talking about, wifi at 700Mhz and 900Mhz frequencies walks through walls as if they weren't there (that is after all largely why they were developed).

End of problem.
Thanks RF, Any links on a good place that sells the equipment in the US? im searching now but i figured I would ask... Thanks again.
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