how to get far wireless signal

By xxdanielxx · 11 replies
Mar 3, 2007
  1. Hey i have a buddy that wants to share internet connection. well first let me say this is a 2 house lot one house in front and the other in back he wants to shot the connection from the front to the back.

    his setup

    linksys wireless B router (in back house)
    laptop with built in wireless card (in front house)

    Know i went and bought a card for his laptop wich is a wireless N card. I set it up fine but it dose not pick up the signal it sees the router but the signal is very weak. Now, i know dont need a boster because i took out my mac G4 laptop with a built in airport extrem card in it and it picks it up at full signal it dose not even go down one bar. Can some one help me out is there a stronger card that will work with the linksys
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I don`t know if this`ll help at all, but it`s an interesting read nonetheless. Look HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    you need either a repeater, an additional wifi access point daisy chained off your current wifi router, or he can use a directional antenna like a home made CAN-tenna if his wifi card has the ability to plug in an external antenna.
  4. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 1,069

    so your saying to have 2 routers
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,476   +126

    You live in States, if you do go down to Circuit City and buy a Buffalo High Power Wireless Router G or N since you got a N. These comes 4db Gain ANT and you can set the power signal from 0 to 100%. That's if you live in the States or you can get it off NewEgg has them.


    Stick the Wireless near the top end of the house where it sits near the glass window then giive it a shot. Or use an AM Radio on a dead station and walk around your dwelling until you don't hear any noise. Put the wireless router there.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    yes, or you can have a REPEATER.
    or a high gain antenna
    or as tipstir said a high gain antenna.... or a combination of all four....

    whatever works
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    here's a summary on routers
  8. bockman

    bockman TS Rookie Posts: 20

    That's pretty cool. It looks as if that router has two antenna; mine has three, so I presume I need a reflector for each one?
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    no -- just position the router in the middle of the reflector
  10. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,476   +126

    Better off buying high gain ANT like 4db or 6db to get a better signal. I did test making those foil reflectors and they don't cut it or work...
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    it does for some of us, and more than 4-6db too :)
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,476   +126

    Yes well that's good and the signal should stay in the very good to Excellent range. I've notice Wal-Mart is selling a Wireless Signal Locator for $19 bucks like below

    Mobile Edge is what shown above. cost $10 bucks more though
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