[clug] Extending wireless range
grail at goldweb.com.au
Mon Dec 20 23:16:35 GMT 2004
On 20 Dec 2004, at 18:24, Sam Couter wrote:
> Steve Collins <trib at stephencollins.org> wrote:
>> My guess is that a more powerful antenna attached to the router might
>> the situation, but some advice on what to buy would be helpful. My
>> guess is
>> that it's going to need to NOT look like an antenna...
> What about putting the wireless router in the roof somewhere, closer to
> your mother's desired working location? Cat5 cable runs can be much
> longer than a few laps all the way around the average house and still
> work fine.
This really belongs on wireless, not linux. But I'll join the community
I've had great success with simply moving the access point around a few
feet. This is especially true for situations where you have large metal
objects near the antenna (not even in line-of-sight). The thing with RF
is that all metal surfaces (eg: filing cabinets, medicine cabinets, key
lockers, white goods) are either reflectors or absorbers. Just move the
access point around - stick it on top of last year's Yellow Pages (the
dead tree version), put it up on a bookshelf, hold it above your head
in the middle of the corridor.
Explore the limits that the power and LAN cable will let you get to. If
the power cable is too short, get an extension cable. Eventually,
you'll find a location which gives you adequate (but not optimal)
coverage for both computers.
Do not extend the phone cable - leave the DSL equipment where it is.
That stuff is pernickety.
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