Positioning of Wireless antenna

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Anthony, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. Anthony

    Anthony Guest

    In general, if a wireless-equipped laptop is going to be used upstairs &
    downstairs, which floor would it be best to place the antenna on ?? Do
    radio waves move up, sideways, down or everywhere ?? If the antenna is
    above the receiver is that better than vice-versa ??!
    Anthony, Nov 30, 2003
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    Ian Stirling Guest

    Think of antennas like light sources.
    You can make them in any radiation pattern, from spotlight (parabolic
    dish like is used on satellite dishes) to a floodlight that illuminates
    every direction evenly (omnidirectional).
    With most ombidirectional antennas the radiation is mainly in a band
    around the side, not emitting much to either top or bottom.
    And it works just the same for recpetion as transmission.

    The narrower the beam, the further it will reach.
    You will probbaly find that it's best to have the accesspoint on the upper
    floor, in a corner, with the antenna tilted a bit.

    However, there is little substitute for a few minutes of trying a few
    positions for the accesspoint and seeing whihc works best.
    Ian Stirling, Dec 1, 2003
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    Geoff Lane Guest

    I'm new to WiFi and have quickly found that the range advertised as
    possible on the box is seldom obtainable.

    I have found that there are auxillary antenna available, some project
    in all directions and others in a particular direction.

    Geoff Lane
    Geoff Lane, Dec 1, 2003
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