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What is needed to amplify wireless signal

by makebeev / December 29, 2010 4:16 AM PST

I own a small business located about 125 yds from my residence where I have wireless internet service. The signal from my wireless only reaches about half way and it drops me out. What type of antenna is available that will enable me to use my computer at both locations? The two buildings are at the same elevation without anything between them so something using line of sight should work. Thanks for your help.


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(NT) Did you look at the CANTENNA?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2010 4:24 AM PST
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Wireless antenna
by bill012 / December 29, 2010 10:07 PM PST

First you have to have a router you can remove/replace the antenna on.

Hawkins sells a line of antenna that are targeted at the consumer market and are carried in a lot of retail stores. They are somewhat limited in selection and cost a little more but they require very little knowledge.

All you really need is a wireless "bridge" or extender and some directional antenna.

At your distance you should have little issue getting it to work just be careful about antenna cable length. If you go too far you will get more loss from the cable than the antenna is adding.

There are all kinds of nice toys to do this. The ones that work the best have the radio mounted directly to the back of the antenna and use ethernet cable to get to the antenna which solve many of the cable loss problems.

I have purchased from this site before but it is more for people who know what they are doing so read carefully. There are all kinds of messy things involved with the types of connectors on antenna and routers and getting the right combination of adapters.

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by skjuwel / May 19, 2011 4:31 AM PDT
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signal amplifier
by Digital_Wolf / May 13, 2011 8:29 PM PDT

I hope it can be useful and still relevant. When I was surfing Yahoo answers for one thing for myself, I found the information about gsm amplifier. I even showed it to my partners as our business is outside the city and the mobile signal is low or absent at all. I don't want to write here a lot. You'd better go to Yahoo answers and read yourself.

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Requires external antenna connection
by savanajhones / May 15, 2011 6:02 PM PDT
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It is better to have this connected with wireless PC adapter possibly with external antenna connections. Like this it will be much better to make possible connection.

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find some way to solve my problem
by savanajhones / May 22, 2011 10:58 PM PDT

Thanks for all your suggestions... HOWEVER... this is the problem: My
current wireless access card is built in, so there's no way for me to
attach a High-Gain antenna to my card.Please Tell me the way so that i can get out of this problem.

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by zzjea / June 4, 2011 8:07 AM PDT

You can disable the PC's built in wi-fi capability in Windows Hardware Devices. Windows will not use your built-in device if it is disabled and it will find your new adapter.

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125 yds
by caldorsey / June 7, 2011 1:52 AM PDT

the cradlepoint brm 1000 router has a range of 750 yrds with 3 antennas which can be changed out to suit your needs i think and u can install a smaller cradlepoint in the office to extend the signal if needed check out 3g

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