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WiFi signal booster

by Bill Fredette / December 20, 2009 1:03 AM PST

I have WiFi were I live, but a weak signal strength. I have a laptop with Intel(R) Pro Wireless 3945ABG network connection. Is there a wireless booster I can buy to increase this signal strength?

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Not for the laptop but
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2009 2:26 AM PST
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Two catches
by Bam421 / December 20, 2009 7:06 AM PST
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1. The signal booster has to be placed somewhere between the router and where you use your laptop, and

2. Are you stealing this WiFi signal? If so, you are breaking the law, and I would suggest for you to stop.(Yes, I know of plenty of people who have wireless for their whole apartment building, etc.)

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WiFi Booster
by Bill Fredette / December 20, 2009 9:16 AM PST
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Number 1, I'm not stealing the signal. Number 2 I don't have a router. So I guess we are back to square 1. Can I buy a WiFi booster to help my laptop, without a router, and I'm not stealing the signal.

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Yes
by Bam421 / December 20, 2009 9:25 AM PST
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By "router" I meant whatever is broadcasting the signal. For example, if you lived in an apartment, the router may be stationed in a common area. Ask whoever is providing the signal for you where it is. After you know where it is, you need to place the booster somewhere inside its range that has a good signal, so it can rebroadcast that signal which should get to you in good condition.

And sorry about the stealing thing, it seems any illegal activity is highly condemned on these forums.

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WiFi booster
by Bill Fredette / December 20, 2009 9:37 AM PST
In reply to: Yes

O.K. I didn't mean to imply a bad thing. Is there a specific booster I should purchase? Again I can't attach anything to the repeater as it is up 50 feet in the air.

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50 feet is well withing most WAP ranges.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2009 10:55 AM PST
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Research the CANTENNA and use some other card with that for a boost in distance.

Your story is too light to not share the usual fixes such as router antennas and powerline extenders.
Bob

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WiFi Booster
by Bill Fredette / December 20, 2009 10:20 PM PST

I did look at this as a option. How will this interact with the built in WiFi card installed on my laptop?

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I disable the onboard wifi
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2009 10:22 PM PST
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When I use that I don't use the onboard card.

But it begs the question why you can't improve the source or install some powerline bridge.
Bob

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WiFi Booster
by Bill Fredette / December 20, 2009 10:46 PM PST

The source is a repeater up 50 feet. The signal is a free service provided by my condo associaction.

The second part of your solution is probably the answer I'm looking for. Is this "powerline bridge" what I need knowing my situation? I have no external modom, router, or USB device in use now. Just my internal WiFi card.

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next time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2009 11:10 PM PST
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