I wondering if it was possible
I live about .4 mil (~ .65 km) from campus and was wondering if I could connect to the campus network from my house.
Basically, I want to receive the campus wifi signal and broadcast it around my house.
I know there are high gain antennas that supposedly allow you to connect to wifi networks about a mile away or more. However, most of the setups I've read about have you connect the wifi antenna to a wireless card through an N-connector and pigtail. Isn't there an antenna I can use to just receive and repeat the campus signal throughout my house?
This guy seems to want to do the same thing: Cantenna to Airport Express On Campus - CNET Networking & wireless Forums
Basically, his last post suggest getting a router with two antennas, and replacing one of the antennas with a high gain wifi antenna for 'receiving'. The other antenna will be used repeat the signal.
Is that the best way to go (ie. using a router as a middle man) ? Isn't there an antenna that will both receive and trasmit the campus signal?
1) If I should go the router way, which router should I get? Definitely, it seems, a router with two antennas that supports repeating out of the box or through an open source firmware like DD-Wrt or Tomato. Does G or N matter?
2) Also, which wifi antenna should I get or make (if its easy enough)? This is the most confusing to me. There seem to be all type of antennas: directional & omni-directional; cantenna types and parabolic dishes.
I was thinking of simply getting the Super Cantenna (WiFi Antenna-Super Cantenna Wifi Booster Antenna
) which is supposed to be 12 dbi. Is that good enough? Is dbi the only measure of gain? I mean this video (Practically Free DIY WiFi Antennas - Systm
) shows how to make 6 dbi or 12 + dbi antenna using household materials.
I was getting ~11 Mbps connection on campus. Can I hope to get something close to this in my house with good equipment?
Also, as for security, uni supports both an unsecure and secure connection. Ideally, I'd like to connect to the secure one which used WPA2-Enterprise, AES, Microsoft: Protected EAP(PEAP) (network authentication method).
Can you guys point me in the right direction with this project?