Traveling in Europe (need good WiFi extension for Windows)

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Werner Obermeier, May 14, 2015.

  1. Werner Obermeier

    Char Jackson Guest

    Drilling a hole wasn't my proposed solution. My proposal was to simply
    string an Ethernet cable between the two balconies. It's cheap, fast, very
    effective, and ugly. It's temporary, though, so the ugly part can perhaps be
    forgiven.

    Someone else suggested drilling a hole, and then a follow-up suggested that
    they'd have to buy a drill, etc. My comment was simply, don't most people
    already have a drill? The answer, apparently, is no. I've always had drills,
    I have five currently, but I guess not everyone is like me.
     
    Char Jackson, May 22, 2015
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    Ken Blake Guest


    A long time. And it would be very hard work. Is the wall solid brick?
    Did it say that anywhere in the thread? If it did, I missed it.

    Moreover, unless you have a big, heavy, powerful, expensive electric
    drill, it will be inadequate for drilling through a solid brick wall.
    The $10 drills won't do it.

    But it really doesn't matter. I wasn't recommending that anyone use a
    manual drill. I was simply responding to the statement "Don't most
    people have a drill?" I'm sure that Char meant "Don't most people have
    an *electric* drill?" and I was just pointing out that the word
    "electric" was omitted (probably inadvertently).
     
    Ken Blake, May 22, 2015
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    Steve Hayes Guest

    Where is the Home Depot?

    And why would I want to do that anyway?
     
    Steve Hayes, May 22, 2015
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    Steve Hayes Guest

    And I was just pointing out that a Bear Extender (or similar gadget)
    does a better job of ingreasing the strngth of a WiFi signal than a
    drill, electric or otherwise.
     
    Steve Hayes, May 22, 2015
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    Mark Lloyd Guest

    On 05/21/2015 12:12 PM, Ken Blake wrote:

    [snip]
    My father used to have a manual drill that looked like an eggbeater
    (crank and gears).

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    Mark Lloyd
    http://notstupid.us/

    "I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands,
    one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." [Original
    Pledge of Allegiance (1892)]
     
    Mark Lloyd, May 22, 2015
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    Mark Lloyd Guest

    On 05/22/2015 09:38 AM, Char Jackson wrote:

    [snip]
    I don't consider something ugly if it has an important function.

    I lot of people seem to have forgotten what an "ethernet cable" is, and
    insist on using wireless unnecessarily, when a cable is simpler and more
    reliable.

    [snip]


    --
    Mark Lloyd
    http://notstupid.us/

    "I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands,
    one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." [Original
    Pledge of Allegiance (1892)]
     
    Mark Lloyd, May 22, 2015
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    Char Jackson Guest

    I totally agree.
     
    Char Jackson, May 22, 2015
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    Ken Blake Guest


    I have three drills:

    1. One like what you describe

    2. A brace

    3. An electric drill (I used to have two, a smaller one and a bigger
    one, but the smaller one died)
     
    Ken Blake, May 22, 2015
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    Ken Blake Guest


    As do I.
     
    Ken Blake, May 22, 2015
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  10. In alt.windows7.general message <6ftrla9h325b5lhcbsu685uptu10bnld7k@4ax.
    The OP is referring to travel in Europe, so you should either quote
    European prices or include the cost of transporting the drill and any
    necessary adaptors.

    On the other hand, many Europeans already own drills, and many more have
    friends who are skilled drill users.

    Indeed, I myself once purchased, at work, an item of US-built equipment
    through a UK importer and then wanted an extra hole at the back of it.
    On being informed, the importer immediately offered to send me, FOC,
    some ready-to-install UK holes.
     
    Dr J R Stockton, May 22, 2015
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    OldeGuye Guest

    1. WiFi extender on the laptop (about $50)
    USB dual band 2G / 5G (~$30-$50) on a long USB cable extender so you
    can position/rotate for the best reception.
    See:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2090...802-11ac-wi-fi-usb-adapters-to-the-limit.html
    Replace the router with Amped R20000G ($120 amazon) high power router
    or equivalent. I have this one and it is good.

    Unfortunately range extenders (e.g. AP20000G) have problems! Do not
    use. I tried and some of my WiFi devices will NOT connect through the
    range extenders. So I had to reposition my R20000G. Remember the days
    of TV rabbit ears? They're back ... lol
    battery drain if it works.
     
    OldeGuye, May 22, 2015
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    Paul Guest

    These are the two we started with at home. When I was young,
    this was it. The "eggbeater" one, I wore that out. The gears
    would no longer mesh properly.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qpPBI0G3O...4/sCOpcgKH4hU/s1600/HandDrill__33653_zoom.jpg

    http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/anti...nk-brace-vintage-bit-crank-white-42104295.jpg

    I think I was in my mid-teens, before we got our first
    electric drill.

    Paul
     
    Paul, May 22, 2015
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    Steve Hayes Guest

    I have put Ethernet cables in our ceiling that go from our router to
    my study and my son's bedroom.

    We both use de4sktop computers that did not come with wireless
    adapters.

    I also have a laptop computer (Toshiba Satellite) that does have a
    wireless adapter, but but I use it in the sitting room where there is
    no Ethernet cable and its WiFi connection wasw always showing weak or
    no signal. When travelling, it's WiFi connections were unreliable more
    that 5m in direct line of sight with no obstables from the
    transmitter, so I bought a Bear Extender and can now use it in our
    sitting room, and when we stayed with my wife's cousin in Windhoek,
    and stayed in a cottage 20 metres from their house, and the signal had
    to go through not one but three brick walls, it worked just fine.

    It also worked in a guesthouse in the Okavango Delta, where the
    cottage we were in was about 40 metres from the main building. I doubt
    that they'd have fancied me drilling holes in the intervening walls
    and stringing Ethernet cables for a two-night stay.
     
    Steve Hayes, May 23, 2015
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  14. Here is an update.

    I bought the Ubiquiti Nanobeam M2 radio, which can extend WiFi more
    than a few miles, so, it should enough power.
    http://i.imgur.com/hBndic1.jpg

    I didn't have any choice for countries other than the US, Canada, or PR,
    so, I chose to set it up for the US:
    http://i.imgur.com/CumFEI1.jpg

    I'm logged in, right now, to that nanobeam radio at its default IP
    address of 192.168.1.20 with the default ubnt/ubnt login/password:
    http://i.imgur.com/CumFEI1.jpg

    Right now, I'm stuck as to how to set up the radio so that it
    rebroadcasts its Internet signal.

    I just opened a new thread in alt.internet.wireless to ask for
    help getting past the current setup hurdle!

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/alt.internet.wireless
    "Need help extending home wifi using Ubiquiti nanobeam M2 radio"
     
    Werner Obermeier, Jun 5, 2015
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