help a deployed soldier figure out Extenders (I read How Tos, still have questions)
I have read through the relevant How Tos, and I certainly learned a lot, and I have a better idea of how access points and transmitters interact... but I don't trust my understanding enough to go off and spend 100+ dollars. So would you guys mind helping me refine the info?
Here's my situation, I am deployed in the middle east. I am in a long trailer, probably 200-250 ft long. The router is on one end of this trailer (why didn't these idiots put it in the middle...?). I am almost all the way at the opposite end. My signal in my room (measured with my phone) is averaging 1mb/s, but 5mb/s at the router. My laptop at its best is getting 4mb/s... but its very choppy; tons of lost packets. I assume if I brought the laptop to the router, I would see a similar gain in performance that my phone did.
So I have looked into buying a WiFi extender. But I have no control over the main router, and no control on where I put this extender. To me it seems like if I put this extender in my room, I am simply going to amplify the already ****** signal. So perhaps the poor ******* at the end of the building will get choppy 4mb/s signal versus none. But that isnt my goal. I want to improve my own signal. But givne I really cant place the extender any closer to the access point than I already am, is it worth my money?
After reading the How Tos, it seems like it may be worth it. The extender will have a much larger receiving transmitter... and I assume the extender will also boost my own transmitting power back to the access point. (I assume I can just hook up to my extender via Ethernet for maximum performance). Does this sound accurate to you guys?