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increasing power of wireless networks



U're on the money as regards soldering some wire onto the aerial. There are
MANY links I can post up and u can search online that shows how to increase
wireless coverage.
U can either up the power in your router (normally restricted by
gov/FCC-type regulations but several ways to get around it (Linksys WRT54G
has several distro's that allow this)), make a better antenna (several DIY
options also simple reflecting (tin-foil) mechanisms), get a booster (start
at $15 up), reposition the aerial (as in run coax (beware of right type
etc.) on a high point aka chimney) and then on the receiving end increase
the reception (similar points).
I've seen where they run a competition each year in Calf/Nevada and get
prizes for how far they can throw a Wifi connection. I believe they are up
to 17 miles! The rules indicate its all DIY and thats where the 'pringle'
(as in crisps) can antenna came from (u can now buy it in electronic stores
over here).
A lot of the new style MIMO routers can pack a punch/distance (beware that
most vendors are still proprietary and "standard" not stabilised yet) and
basically use lots of multiple propagation channels (at once) and then have
some fancy circuits/software that can filter out the interference. Basically
throw a lot of sh** on the air and some of it is going to stick!
PS The TLC content is the ability to look at ELCO msgs while u're working in
your garage/workshop (of course and nothing 2 do with smutty pics .... :)
I actually may have to apply some practical use to my "armchair" theory over
next few weeks as maybe in the boonies for a few weeks and nearest Wifi (and
broadband) connection will be 5 miles! Ping me offline if u want more info.
-----Original Message-----
From: [Email address removed]
[mailto:[Email address removed]]On Behalf Of Christopher Bell
Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2006 8:49 AM
To: [Email address removed]
Subject: RE: [ELCO] FW: An introduction - not too sure if the first one
got through
I'd be interested if you find a solution to boosting the power of the
wireless network, as I have the same problem with thick walls. I was
planning a wireless link to my office, but instead I ended up stringing
up a 65 metre catenary of network cable, supported by a double strand of
stainless electric fencing wire, which turned out to be cheaper as well
as giving 100 BaseT.
Occasionally one daughter's PC struggles to see the router via the
wireless PCI card I added, although I found that soldering a piece of
wire onto the poxy little aerial they put on these cards, to bring it up
to roughly half the wavelength, helped a bit.
I'm impressed that the progeny don't suffer from cuddly-furry syndrome
about food. One of mine suddenly turned vegetarian when she was 11,
which doesn't do much for family mealtimes when the rest of us are
Sorry everyone: networks, children and pigs don't have much to do with
Landcruisers! We're off to Italy in mine on Sunday, so I've blown up
the tyres, topped up the washer bottle, and - really impressive -
changed the oil. Oh, and put a GB sticker on it too.
| Hi Christopher,
| > There you are: I said his pda thingy wouldn't work, and
| that he'd be
| > using a big hammer...
| It works a treat, just the disadvantage of living in an old
| house - 12-18"
| solid stone walls - nothing gets through it - am aiming to
| put a wireless aerial on the office chimney (the stone one,
| not me) to cover the surrounding area.
| > Julian, what are the pigs called? And will the children let you do
| > the dirty deed when the time comes?
| Boogey (or is it "ie") and Fruit and they are looking forward
| to tasting happy pork from our happy pigs!!
| They are pretty down to earth, although can't understand why
| I don't just shoot them when the time comes as opposed to
| sending them off to get someone else to do it. Having said
| that, they do consider shooting them in their pen would be a
| bit un-sporting.
| --
| Regards,
| Julian Voelcker
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