place 1 antenna in different room

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by i-beast-a, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. i-beast-a

    i-beast-a Network Guru Member

    Hi Guys,

    From a wifi point-of-view I live in a terrible house :)

    I've tried everything to get proper coverage of my 3 story house.
    I'm now using stock antennas with reflectors.

    Did someone ever tried the following...

    I want to remove 1 antenna from my WRT54GS and extend this with a 5 meter cable. In this way I can place it on the second floor.

    Will this work? Any advice will be welcome!

    - Is 5 or 10 meters possible?
    - What coax cable to use?
    - what connector to use?
    - Problems with static electricity?
  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    it wont work.

    the system uses antenna diversity which switches between them fast, but not fast enough to make it work.

    you have to get a better antenna and then move the ap to the top floor. this should make your signal adequate.

    get on ebay and get the hg7at or whatever it is. and then use them.

    install better firmware and up the power a tiny bit. this should solve most of your problems.
  3. linkbrett

    linkbrett Network Guru Member

    I also have that 3 story problem with my router. I have considered buying another wireless router or wireless access point and placing it on the floor below. But im skeptical as to how effective it would be.
  4. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    again wds will work seamlessly which means when a client moves from having a better amount of signal on one ap and not so good amount of signal on the other. to having the opposite it will just change to the new ap and you will never know it.
  5. i-beast-a

    i-beast-a Network Guru Member

    hmmm, this doesn't sound prommissing.

    I've already played a lot with antenna mods but without a good enough result.

    the 2 laptops work better but there is still no reception with the nintendo DS :D

    what would be the cheapest sollution?? (and what is a "hg7at" )

    I can have 1 wire to the top floor so I can connect a second accespoint to my router with a cable if this would be better.

    Any advice??
  6. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    its like this.

    internet -----cablemodem-----wrt54g (((wds to the third floor))) wrt54g

    the hg7at is the 7 dbi gain antennas for the wrt54g line of routers
    which you probably wont even need, but they are nice to have.

    with the setup above no wire is needed and it is just alot easier.
    use the search button.

    the clients think there is only one ap when in reality there are two, or more.
  7. i-beast-a

    i-beast-a Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the tip!
    But before buying a second one, I will do one last experiment.
    I will try to move the router under the wooden stairs on the lowest floor.
    And then I will aim my 2 antennas with reflectors upwards.
    The staircase is the only open space in all concrete floors so this must be better than the current location in the lowest floor.

    If this new trick really works then I "only" have to drill some holes through the floor to get the cables in the open space under my house.
  8. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    WDS does work great for what you want, not perfect if your looking for gaming maybe but you can get connectivity all over the place.
  9. sven007

    sven007 Network Guru Member

    weird... i have a 4 story house and i get full reception everywhere. the only thing is that i live in a town house so its very thin. i have my access point placed on the 2nd floor, and get excellent reception in the basement. if possible, center your access point in the house, dont have it neir a wall or too much metal (as it messes with the antenna).
  10. bluebox

    bluebox Network Guru Member

    Construction makes all the difference in the world. And up high is a million times better than down low.
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