low cost good repeater or extra antenna?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Gabriel Afana, Aug 15, 2003.

  1. I have a Dlink 802.11b wireless network and I am on the ledge of working and
    not working because of poor signal. I was told by D-link to buy a repeater
    or an antenna. Few questions:

    Which would be better?
    Which would be more cost effective?
    Do I have to buy D-link stuff or can I go to like radio shack?

    Any help appreciated. Thanks guys.

    Gabriel Afana, Aug 15, 2003
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  2. Gabriel Afana

    dold Guest

    In all cases, adding reflectors to the APs increases the signal
    appreciably in one direction. http://www.freeantennas.com
    I liked the EZ-10. 10 minutes, straight lines.
    Materials in the house already.
    dold, Aug 15, 2003
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  3. There are two other people in the house with the wireless connection...but I
    am the farthest away. If I put some kind of reflector, I dont want to kill
    the signal on the other two computers....would a repeater act as a bridge
    without affecting the other users? Most of the time my network works on my
    computer...but sometimes the signal just drops enough to drop me....would a
    big antanna help?? Right now its just got that little 2 inch antenna that
    comes with it on the back of the computer.

    Gabriel Afana, Aug 15, 2003
  4. Gabriel Afana

    John Stehman Guest

    Are you using an Access point, or running in Ad Hoc mode? Better range with
    John Stehman, Aug 15, 2003
  5. Gabriel Afana

    dold Guest

    The back side of the reflector still has signal, and the EZ-10 doesn't seem
    to be all that tightly directional. The EZ10 is free. Give it a try.

    My laptop used to work with me sitting on the couch, but occasionally it
    would drop out. It didn't work anywhere else at that end of the house
    because the couch was lined up with a window in the direction of the
    antenna. Now it's fine all over the living room, and out into the
    kitchen, so it is extended without being too narrow.
    dold, Aug 15, 2003
  6. Gabriel Afana

    Don W. Guest

    No need to mess with the antenna on the AP -- use a high gain antenna on
    your client setup (assuming you have a card that will accept an external
    antenna. If not, get one.)

    The reflector idea is great for increasing the gain of your existing
    antenna. What are you using for a client device? (USB, PC card, wireless
    Ethernet bridge?)

    Don W.
    Don W., Aug 15, 2003
  7. It

    Its a PC card and I am setup using an accept point.
    Gabriel Afana, Aug 15, 2003

  8. I will try that right now
    Gabriel Afana, Aug 15, 2003
  9. It helped a little but not much because even though my card has an external
    antenna....I have a bunch of wires running right around it and I can't
    really get the reflector in there good. However...whatever I did do helped
    because my signal is already up 5%!
    Gabriel Afana, Aug 15, 2003
  10. Gabriel Afana

    Don W. Guest

    That's a start. What are you using for an antenna?

    Don W.
    Don W., Aug 16, 2003
  11. I am using the small antenna that is part of the card...its an external
    antenna that stands about 2 or 3 inches....I turned the back of my PC and
    positioned the reflector in the direction of the router and im up to 83%
    signal (up from 70%-75%)...only thing is it doesn't really work in my room
    having my PC at an angle accross the floor..I came up with an (obvious)
    solution.....I am the furthest PC away from the router...there is another
    computer between me and the router and its signal is much better (> 85%
    without reflector).....I am just going to take the cable modem and wireless
    router and set it up on that PC so instead of the router being at the end of
    the line....it will be in the middle of all the PC's.....(it was my stupid
    fault for not thinking of this). However, with the router on the other PC,
    I can position my PC to face right at the router with the reflector and it
    will only go through two walls (perpendicular too....right now im going
    through like 3 walls at an angle). I think this is the best thing....Thanks
    everybody for the help and the reflector! I will use it still since it does
    boost signal quite a bit!

    Gabriel Afana, Aug 16, 2003
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