Interesting Quick Thought

Len Falknau falkle at
Mon Jan 21 12:01:35 EST 2002

leaving aside the technical aspects the concept is great
you could use a usb wlan device and mount it in the waterproof enclosure where the amplifier is (wonder how mush hash it would introduce into the tv picture) then a pig tail out with a small dipole with reflector mounted on the end of the tv antenna 

cheap and easy with some braising rod
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ben Smith 
  To: wireless at 
  Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 7:07 PM
  Subject: Interesting Quick Thought

  Hi Everyone,

  I had a brief thought today.  Everyone's main concern with wireless networking is cost, It's great new technology and is actually reasonably cheap to setup in comparison to other typical communication networks.  Anyway, my thought was is it possible to use existing TV antenna's on peoples roofs for wireless networking, would it be possible with some tweaking to enable the antenna to be used to both TV and WLAN?  They run at 2 completely different frequencies but considering most TV antenna's pick up both UHF and VHF then I'm assuming it might not be a problem.  The other thing would be WLAN needs literally no interferace between the antenna and the WLAN card and good line of sight.  There are also other issues to consider such as If the TV and the WLAN is being used at the same time, would it be possible to creat some dual connector similar to an RF switch or something?

  There are several things to think about and consider, most people would look at it and think it's not possible and that it's a waste of time, but surely if we could eliminate the cost of the user installing an all new antenna then the possibilities when it comes to expanding our wireless networks would be limitless!

  I myself will be doing some research into the concept and hopefully come back with some interesting results.  If anyone else has some thoughts on this subject please tell me about them.

  Best Regards,

  Ben Smith.

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