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Poll Results: How to boost WiFi range?

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    diy parabolica is all you need
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    buy a range booster
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    buy a powerful antenna
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post #1 of 9
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Hey guys, I am in need of some counseling since networking isn't my strong point.

In a few weeks I'm going on holiday on country side and a friendly neighbor allowed me to use his Wi-Fi. The only thing is the signal is very weak and it disconnects often. I would require a good USB antenna to plug on my laptop. Here are some alternatives I googled:
*diy amplifier
*[ame="http://www.amazon.com/AWUS036H-Wireless-Adapter-Network-Antenna/product-reviews/B000QYGNKQ/ref=sr_1_9_cm_cr_acr_img?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1"].5W antenna[/ame]

What would you advice me to get / build? Vote and put a post so I know who to say thanks.

Cheers

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Additional info on the setup:

*WiFi G 54Mbps no-name router on his side, unencripted connection (since there's no one around anyway)
*Only my EeePC catches the signal (1000He, Atheros n-draft capable), other two lappies and an USB no-name WiFi-G card don't get anything unless I go closer
*the distance is about 150 meters (some 450 ft)
*only one brick wall - I need to hold my laptop in front of the window so that only his outer wall screens the signal. If my brick wall is in the way it completely kills the signal
*for some reason it seems to work better during daylight
Edited by dragosmp - 8/1/11 at 5:41am
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I got one of these and it is just a beast.

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001O9X9EU/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1312202018&sr=8-1"]Alfa 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g USB Wireless WiFi Network Adapter With Original Alfa Screw-On Swivel 9dBi Rubber Antenna:Amazon:Electronics[/ame]
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... and a quick add-on question, do you happen to know of a brick'n mortar store I could get Alfa antennas in Tampa, Fl? A friend is there for a few days and could fetch it back to me. cheers
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Get yourself a 1mW USB adapter and a screw in 9dBi diapole antenna.
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Originally Posted by The_Rocker;14422845 
Get yourself a 1mW USB adapter and a screw in 9dBi diapole antenna.

Could you post links of some decent options? I would need a starting point.
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post #6 of 9
This:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Alfa-AWUSO36NH-Wireless-Long-Rang-Network/dp/B0035APGP6"]Amazon.com: Alfa AWUSO36NH High Gain USB Wireless G / N Long-Rang WiFi Network Adapter: Electronics[/ame]


Or Ive even found a 2000mw jobbie:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/High-Gain-Long-Rang-Alfa-9dBi-Mount/dp/B0038Q4AIG"]Amazon.com: 2000mW 2W 802.11 G / N High-Gain USB Wireless Long-Rang WiFi Network Adapter With Original Alfa Screw On Swivel 9dBi Rubber Antenna and Suction cup Window Mount dock: Electronics[/ame]

And you can screw on a 9dBi antenna like this one for even better reception:

http://www.wifigear.co.uk/high-gain-9dbi-omni-directional-antenna-rsma
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post #7 of 9
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Looks good, is there a consensus towards Alfa adapters? thumb.gif
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As far as I know you will only find the Alfa adapters online.

I looked all over before I got mine and had to just stick to Amazon.

There is also another brand that makes almost identical adapters, GSKY, so you might want to look at their lineup also.

I can't say a bad thing about my Alfa, it boosted two bars to five for me.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dragosmp;14423020 
Looks good, is there a consensus towards Alfa adapters? thumb.gif

Yes, were all being held hostage by the alpha ninja. ninja.gif
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