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Old 04-28-2008, 07:25 PM
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Default Picking up Wifi from long distances

Hey Guys, Im new to the forum so I want to introduce myself and say hello. Hey Guys.

I live at the top of a hill and at the bottom are many different hotspots. The problem is that I am too far away to receive any of these. Some of them are businesses and others are just unsecure networks. I have a clear line of site.

Anyway, Im in the very early learning stage of wifi knowlege and very unfamiliar of how it works beyon basic fundamentals. After reading a lot on how to extend range I find that most solutions call for additional hardware on both the recieving end and the router end. Because of the situation I have no access to the router end.

Now I have read about reception improvement hardware but im unsure about the spesifics. I am confused about high gain antennas if they are supposed to be used on the router end or the recieving end.

So basically my question is: what are my options?

Is there anything that I could just aim directly at a hotspots location and get a consistant feed?

What type of range am I looking at considering the hotspots are using normal routers?

What type of hardware should I be looking at?

Thanks a lot guys.

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Old 04-29-2008, 02:57 AM
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To truly understand antennas, you have to get down with decibels. There are about eleventythousand tutorials on the 'net.

Antenna gain is a two way street. If the gain benefits the transmitter, it benefits the receiver.

Power amplifiers are a one way street. Boosts the transmitter on the end that has one, but the receiver on that end can't hear any better. Power amps are for very long links where both ends are working together. Both ends get the same power amp; both ends hear each other better.

Antennas improve the radio they are on. Either end gets a better antenna, you get a better signal.

I was using a 15 db Yagi on a 25 foot pole to point at 3 local hotspots 250 yards away. All running out-of-the-box home wifi routers. Marginal reception.

I put up a 24 dBi parabolic. Nothing, nada, zilch. I wuz robbed, man. I'm going to play with some antennas this weekend, just for laughs.

It would help if you provided a distance.

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Old 04-29-2008, 06:04 AM
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Alright, I'm starting to understand a little better how it works.

Check out this product.
RadioLabs || Long Range WiFi Traveller Kit.

These guys at Radio Labs claim that this receiver (The Wi-Pod) can pick up signals from 4.2 miles away under optimal conditions from regular stock routers. Optimal conditions include clear line of sight, minimal interference, etc.

Over calm waters (Specifically Clear Lake Ca, the largest freshwater Lake in California) they claim they can receive signals from 10 to 20 miles away.

Now I'm not trying to pick up any signals from across large bodies of water 10-20 miles away, but I do live at the top of a very large hill with a clear line of sight all the way down. Its a residential neighborhood so there is more interference than in there tests but I would be more than satisfied to receive signals from 1-2 miles away.

So, what do you think of the Wi-Pod, you think it is the real deal? It sure would be convenient because I don't think I have seen any other product claim these statistics. It is expensive but if it does what they say its worth every penny to me.

As I said previously, I don't have access to any of the routers, so I cant change that. My only options that I know of consist of getting better receiving hardware, and the wi-Pod looks like its right up my ally.

Someone please correct me if for some reason I am misunderstanding this products potential value to me.

Is there a better product out there than the wi-pod for receiving signals far away from regular routers?

By better I am purely referring to the range which it can receive signals from regular or stock routers. i.e linksys, dlink, etc... At least the ones that are intended for residential use on a small scale.

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