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Boosting range

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by walterono, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. walterono

    walterono Network Guru Member

    I have a WRT54G router and I'm trying to communicate with my son's laptop in a room one floor up and two rooms over. I fitted the high gain antennae to the router and now he can spasmodically get reception (signal level low) but not reliably. Did I do the right thing in going for the high gain antennae? Would I have been better off going for directional antennae (if they exist)? Is there any way of boosting the receptivity of the laptop, which has inbuilt wireless capability (but no external antenna)? Is there anything else I can do?
     
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    You haven't said anything about your construction or other interference sources. Turn off and take out the batteries from 2.4 GHz cordless phones if you have any. Directional antenna will help. You can try making a simple corner reflector following directions at http://www.freeantennas.com/

    Also read some sites about how antenna work. Once you understand that for example the omni has best reception perpendicular to the pointy-end, you may want to turn the AP omni antenna on their side or at an angle. Another way to think of it, "point" antenna straight at the client, then rotate it 90-degrees away.
     

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