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how to get a wifi dongle to plug into my router


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I live outside a small village in Cyprus where we have no phone lines. There is a free village wifi internet available to all residents.

OK, i have a 1500Ma wifi dongle with a usb connection plugged into my tower pc running WinXP, i have an external yagi antenna on my roof, all this works perfectly fine.

Is there a way to feed this wifi signal i recieve into my Linksys WRT54G wifi router? Thus making it possible to run say another computer via ethernet, or wifi.
Is it some sort of POE injector i need to give 5v to the dongle?

I hope this clear as to what i want to acheive.

Many thanks.
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69 views and not a single reply or suggestion? Are there no networking geeks out there?
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Maybe this: What’s a WiFi Repeater?

Lots of Google hits: wifi repeater

You would then need WIFI devices on each computer you wanted to connect to the internet with, but it should work.


Never mind, this does not answer your question.
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Thanks, i realised that,and was going to respond,
I already have wifi dongles on each of my three pc's, each with external antennas picking up the free village wifi internet from across the valley. I just want to be able to get one of them to plug into my router so i can connect any other pc to that router, and do away with the rest of the antennas.
Basically i need to convert a usb plug to an ethernet plug with power to run the 5v usb dongle, i have a simple usb to ethernet adapter, so some sort of poe injector is needed to give power to the dongle for it to work and pull in the signal.
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I was right though. See here: JafaTech: Long Range WiFi Repeater Kit for RVs.

This is pricey but I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives.

One of the FAQ responses is this:

Are the Ethernet ports on the back of the repeater available for use?

Article Yes, the Ethernet ports are using the same network as the wireless repeater. Any device you connect to any of the Ethernet ports will also be able to use the Internet connection.


So this one, or other similar (but hopefully cheaper) WIFi Repeaters will do exactly what you want.

Found the above in this thread: Yagi Antenna with USB Router
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I realise that i can replace the software/firmware, (i can do this myself) in my unused Linksys wifi router, and then have to buy an omni-directional antenna, but the router will not be powerful enough to pull in the signal from distance, whereas my 2000Ma dongle is. But my question was how to attach this wifi usb dongle to my Linksys router.

Never mind, i'll ask elsewhere, thanks for your replies, and advice Ztruker, shame you were the only one to respond.

regards.
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Sorry I couldn't answer your question. I'm sure there is a way to do it as almost anything can be done with the right knowledge. Good luck.

If you ever do find a solution please post a link here as I'd like to know about it.
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It really depends on how much money you have to do it with. If you can afford around about $100 or so then picking yourself something like this wifi repeater would do the trick.

But you can also use something free called dd-wrt to turn your router into the same kind of thing. It won't work as well but if you're close enough it'll be able to do exactly what you're looking for. There's a lot of documentation and it's fairly easy to setup.

Best of luck.
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