Using my "thick" kitchen wall as giant reflector

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Lance, Jan 16, 2005.

  1. Lance

    Lance Guest

    Summary - WRT54GS router in the back half of house. WAP54G access point
    running in repeater mode for front half of house. In between is a
    "thick" kitchen wall that causes 10's of dB of signal loss.

    After banging my head against the wall, something got knocked loose and
    I remembered there is a layer of really awful-looking foil wallpaper
    underneath the drywall.

    The solution is to run a cable past the kitchen wall and run the WAP in
    access point mode.

    Google Groups link -

    If I locate the WAP next to the kitchen wall, the foil wallpaper will
    act like a giant 8ft x 8 ft flat reflector. Is this a good or bad thing?

    Lance, Jan 16, 2005
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  2. Lance

    Si Ballenger Guest

    Probably the most practical thing to do is to run a tempory wire
    through the house to test the setup and see how it actually
    Si Ballenger, Jan 16, 2005
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  3. Yep. Nice shield room.
    Hopefully, it was something from the wall that came loose, not your
    Good and bad depending on location. The foil will reflect signals,
    but there's little control over where they end up. If you're lucky
    and have a eliptical, circular, or parabolic kitchen, all the signal
    will bounce towards the access point. However, a flat plate reflector
    isn't so convenient. A signal might bounce off the wall, but who
    knows where it will go. Probably not towards the access point. In
    addition, if you have two paths to the access point (one direct and
    one via a bounce) you could easily have the two signals cancel,
    interfere, or otherwise make things work. Should you get clever and
    move the access point back and forth until you find the point of
    reinforcement, that will only facilitate communications to one
    specific location, and not the entire house.

    May I humbly suggest you bash the hole in the wall, run a 2nd access
    point, and be done with the problem.
    Jeff Liebermann, Jan 17, 2005
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