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Old 08-19-2008, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help me range extend my wireless!

Hi everyone,

I would like to do some work at home using an outbuilding on my property as a small office.

(Save gas working at home!)

I need to have internet access out there for that all to work.

I have wireless networking on my laptop computer and a typical home wireless router.

The outbuilding is about 100-150 feet away. Anyone have some tips to make a cheap/simple setup to make the wireless network go for me?

For example, I am thinking of a cantenne, matched rummage sale satellite dished repurposed, something like that.

I really don't want to dig a trench that long to drop in a Cat-5 cable!

Any ideas?

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Old 08-19-2008, 01:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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bennelson -

I Googled "make wifi range extender" and got this.

Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extender


No statement on range, but it looks cool, so I think I'll make one!

And here's a corner reflector that looks real easy to make :

Ez-10 Corner Reflector Templat



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Old 08-19-2008, 02:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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When you run power to the trailer, just run ethernet/phone at the same time.

Your "trench" doesn't need to be much for just ethernet, more like a square shovel slice deep and poke the cable down the slot with a flat piece of wood or something.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Read me! Kinda overkill, but you shouldn't have to worry about dropping a signal from a couple hundred feet away.

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