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how can i get my wireless network to reach further?

by sbross12 / June 17, 2012 11:27 AM PDT

my main internet is being broadcast with a d-link wbr 2310 and i want to get internet about 200 feet away in another building (repeater? bridge? i dont know). and i have a belkin 7230-4 router and a gigaset se567 router that i can use to accomplish this (i hope). is there a way i can do this with either of those router with it only plugged in to a power outlet?

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Well discussed. Let's list the usual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2012 11:57 AM PDT
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outdoor ap
by bill012 / June 17, 2012 9:47 PM PDT

You would have trouble getting it to go that far even if it was one huge open room. Trying to go though exterior walls absorbs even more of your signal.

You have the right concept with a bridge but the wrong equipment. I have not read the manuals on these 2 particular ones to even see if they have the software features because they are lacking the key feature, replaceable antenna that you need to go that distance.

Used to be the recommended solution would involve hacking together some parts to make your own antenna and mounting the routers near windows. Since routers do not commonly have external antenna its not a option any more.

The price has come way down on commercial solution to this. Basically you need a directional antenna and a wireless outdoor AP. The cheapest way I have found is to use a product like
http://www.ubnt.com/bullet
and a couple direction antenna. Not much over $100 total. There are many products similar to this on the market some combine the antenna and the AP to make it even simpler.

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