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Lag1rich

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Hi All,

Can anyone recommend a good receiver to pick up a wi-fi signal from my on site pub? as my wireless built in receiver cannot pick it up from my chalet, It will from in and around the pub up to about point "A"

I look forward to your suggestions..


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With great difficulty.

The only solutions here would involve adding extra hardware to the pub, in the form of either repeaters, boosters or a wider gain router. None of which the pub is likely to agree to readily. Nothing you buy is going to solve anything, unless you move closer to the pub.

If your intention is to get effectively free internet on the back of what I presume is a public wi-fi point in your own home then your best bet is to consider having the internet installed at home.

Edited by Neil Jones, 23 November 2010 - 04:44 PM.

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What exactly are you using to try to connect to the pub? This is a hypothetical scenario, assuming someone has permission to connect to a wireless network, and a laptop is being used to attempt to make the connection to a wireless router. One would need a network card with a port that would allow them to connect an external antenna. There are hundreds of add on pcmcia cards on the market and some of them have an external antenna port built on to them that will allow a person to connect a retail or home made wifi antenna. This is a picture of my laptop and homemade cantenna.

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Hi, I am currently using a HP G500 with Windows Vista home premium..

I like your thinking!!
Can you recommend on what to get? and yes I would have permission as I know the landlord well, Im also helping him as he wants to pick it up from his caravan which is the 1st one in a row of 3 nearest the pub but he’s spent quite a bit on it already, and doesn’t want to spend much more!!


Thanks, Richard

PS. In case you was wondering its on a holiday park!
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If you're trying to broadcast WiFi to everyone in the park, you need a mesh network, like OpenMesh or Meraki:

http://open-mesh.com
http://meraki.com


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It's tough to tell you exactly what you need to get but you can start to get a basic understanding of what's involved. http://www.binarywolf.com/249/faq.htm. I would personally look for a directional antenna. Something that you can put in a fixed position and point it in the direction of the pub in order to get the strongest signal. I'm assuming you're using a laptop? The HP G5000 and not a HP G500. If you're a little bit tech savvy and you're not scared to get your hands dirty then I would look into making the actual antenna instead of buying one, It's a lot cheaper. You would basically have to buy a new mini or regular pcmcia card with external antenna port and the cable and N-Type connector. You would also want to download a free program like this --> http://www.metageek....oducts/inssider in order to see your signal strength . Then you could experiment with all types of antenna designs. My parabolic dish antenna, I get an incredible amount of gain with this one.

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Hi yes it is a G5000 would an old TV aerial do it like this one?

http://www.findaddbu...04f8cc53c357364

if so i suppose i could even run it through a TV booster..

Thanks, Richard
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Hi yes it is a G5000 would an old TV aerial do it like this one?

http://www.findaddbu...04f8cc53c357364

if so i suppose i could even run it through a TV booster..

Thanks, Richard


I see what your getting at now with the home made idea, Maybe a stainless steal frying pan would work! Im still thinking of some type of booster.. may try re-wiring the USB cable to run it through a TV booster :-/
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No, that's not going to work. That antenna is designed to operate at a different frequency than wifi. Go to this website http://www.binarywol...fi_antennas.htm it should lead you in the right direction. Your best bet is to get something like this http://www.nextag.co...i/compare-html. keep in mind that there is no guarantee that the antenna will find the signal, but looking at the image you posted, I see no problem with it working.
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Hi, now I understand all the Tec side of it, Say I was to use a frying pan how would I earth it? Would it be a piece of wire from the metal of the pan connected to a steak in the ground (soil/grass)?

Thanks, Rich
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http://en.wikipedia....rical_grounding
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Hi, you seem to talk about a PCmica card but unfortunately my laptop is too new for a pcmica slot is there any USB alternatives?

If worst came to the worst would something like this work?

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item20b24875c4

Thanks, Richard

Edited by Lag1rich, 13 February 2011 - 07:22 AM.

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