25 meters an a couple walls

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by RalfR, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. RalfR

    RalfR Guest

    Hi there,
    I've got big trouble setting up a connection ober 25 meters indoor (using a WAP54Gv3), as there are many walls and it's not possible to move the accesspoint into the right direction...

    I've tried using a directional antenna ({http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?event=viewProduct&localeCode=DE_DEU&cid=5&scid=33&pid=1343), but the effective signal-gain is just about 4db which is not enough, the connection keeps breaking down every few minutes...

    Am I right, that the best solution would be a repeater half-way or so with the directional antenna pointed at it?

    or would it also possible to solve the problem by increasing the outputpower of the acess point?

    thanks for all suggestions!
  2. DaveMcLain

    DaveMcLain Network Guru Member

    Cranking up the power might help a little but a repeater 1/2 way in between would be a lot better. The only problem with using a repeater is that it cuts the bandwidth of the connection roughly in half. This may or may not make any difference when surfing the net but the increased latency might be enough to cause problems you'll have to try it and see.
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    I'd throw out that 6dB antenna and put a parabolic reflector (http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template/) on the WAP as a 1st try. I get like 9dB out of reflectors made from cut open Coke cans - that's double the power of the 6dB SMC antenna (every 3dB is a doubling in power).
    And remember, a stronger antenna increases both your Tx and Rx signal.

    On increasing Tx power: Wireless is a 2-way street. If you increase the Tx power of the WAP, what about the thing that talks back to the WAP? If you can't also increase the "thing"s Tx power, you would probably gain nothing.
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