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Wireless Network over 500 ft

by sycoogtit / April 7, 2008 2:09 AM PDT

I have a router in location A, which is 500 ft from location B. Location A is indoors, positioned next to a window that you can see location B from. I have tried a normal Netgear G router, a Netgear RangeMax router, a Linksys G with SpeedBooster router (with and without 7 dbi antennae), and a Belkin N router. Nothing gives me a reliable connection. I also tried using a parabolic antenna booster that is somewhat popular on YouTube. Nothing. I also have a Linksys Range Expander at location B. Also nothing. I would be more than happy to just buy a very long ethernet cable and run it from location A to location B, but I have to somehow get from an inside location at location A to outside. I am not sure how to do that.

Any ideas or suggestions would really be appreciated.

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The links.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 7, 2008 6:29 AM PDT
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I took your post off.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 7, 2008 9:21 AM PDT
In reply to: The links.

Think about it. Do you think this will invite other replies? I thought I'd just toss that one so others won't be put off.

-> Answer my question. Do you think you will spend the money to get this done? I can't count how many were looking for the WOK solution or rather "free."


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by sycoogtit / April 7, 2008 9:44 AM PDT
In reply to: I took your post off.

I've already spent over $200 on routers, antennae and range expanders. Yes, I'm willing to spend the time and money on this. I work at home and time is money. My last post was a little overboard, but hopefully you can see where I was coming from. It is insulting for someone to reply with a Google link.

Anyway, I also realized there's a wrought iron fence between the router and the range expander. The posts are about 6 inches apart, so that's probably what's killing me. I'd be willing to run 500 ft of Cat 5, but you're only supposed to be able to do that for 300 ft or so. The space between me is outdoors, so I can't put in a hub or something to extend the Cat 5.

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Here's the problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 7, 2008 12:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Willing

You'll want to stay inside the limits of the technology and parts you are using. Those woks and such only extend it a bit but don't do a thing for reliability.

So why not take advantage of those links to dissect what others learned? I know how I set up mine. I used ethernet to a midway point and there's a wap out 100 feet to the site. On the other side I used a Netgear wgps606 and ethernet to the final site and there another wifi router.

Good luck,

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Just a thought
by Steven Haninger / April 7, 2008 8:47 PM PDT

Much depends on who owns the land between the two buildings. Yes, you are right about the 100 meter limit for Cat5. But, if you own the land and can run cable from both "A" and "B" close enough to use wireless bridging to span the remainder of the distance, it might work. You could use PoE devices so no external power supples would be needed. You'd need cable rated for outdoor use. One other method that I know is used in some remote areas employs shortwave radio. I can't tell you how to do this but it would mean complying with FCC requirements. I'm thinking, however, that the modulation/demodulation and radio gear would be expensive and possibly much slower than you'd like.

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My experience
by raahuge / April 7, 2008 10:58 PM PDT

I wanted to extend wireless network to arround 700 feet. I used three linksys WAP54G access pints. The first one with 6dB outdoor omni antennas. The second in wireless repeater mode arround 400 feet from first, in the next building with builtin standard antennas. The last one in the desired location in access point client mode with UTP port connected to switch of remote location. The speed is not very good but suffient for internet applications (Arround 2Mbps).

For you the possible solution is using high gain directional antennas at both ends. I think any directional antenna with gain more than 10dB will give you good results. I have heard that with 14dB you can extend your network to 1KM. Please note that increase in gain of every three dB means doubling of signal strength and also the coverage area. You donot need two antennas at both ends. Just use one antenna at each end, each pointed to the other one, and configure your access points to use that antenna for transmit and recieve signals.

If you have suffient time then google for Canteen antenna which you can build yourself.

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Easy, reliable, and fast WiFi for about $240 plus labor :-)
by RTFM / April 8, 2008 1:02 AM PDT

Buy two Linksys WRT54GL from for about $60 each.
(This is the Linux version of the router that is easiest to load firmware.)
Buy four cantennas for about $29 each (search for them for cheaper)
Download and load DD-WRT on both routers
You need dd-wrt as it allows you to boost the wifi power to insane levels.
I am doing this now and get strong and stable fast link 1 mile away!!!
Two things to be aware of:
1) Not legal to transmit at 230mw but my signal is very directional.
2) Pull off the metal shield covering the radio chips and heatsink them. (I burned out a router, duh! )

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