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How to rebroadcast WiFi from my long range USB Antenna

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August 18, 2013 9:31:43 AM

Hi guys, first time poster here.

I had just recently bought a Yagi long-range usb wifi antenna, and I couldn't be more happy with it. I live in a guest house on my land lord's property, and my antenna is picking up his wireless internet from his router (with his permission, of course) and the antenna is plugged into my computer via USB and is giving my computer great internet.

My question, however, is how can I rebroadcast this signal so that my nearby PS3 can have internet as well?
Would I need a WiFi repeater that can accept a signal via USB (is that even possible?) or can I get a USB splitter and split the signal to both my PS3 and computer? Another thing I thought of, and I wonder if it's even possible, is to get a USB-to-Ethernet converter and then split two ethernet cables--one going to my computer and the other to my PS3.

Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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August 18, 2013 12:40:13 PM

The only way I know to do this with your current equipment will be to plug the PS3 together via ethernet. Then set up ICS (see microsoft site) to share the USB connection to the ethernet conenction. You have now made your PC into a router which means you have to be careful what you are doing on the PC or you may impact the connection to the ps3.

Not sure what device you actually have it must be some form of USB based wireless nic connected to the antenna. A yaggi by itself only connects via microwave coax.

If you cannot remove the antenna and connect it to some other device it is unlikely you have much option. There is no such thing as a usb splitter or any router that would have the proper drivers to use this as a wan connection.

If you can remove the antenna you might want to look into attaching it to a router that can act as a client bridge and has removable antenna. You would then plug both your devices into the ethernet ports on the "router" and it would use the yaggi to connect back to the main router.

There are of course outdoor repeaters and such that will do the same thing but it depends what you can spend.
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August 19, 2013 6:42:15 AM

Thanks bill001g for taking the time to respond to my plea. I basically ended up doing what you suggested: I rag an ethernet cable from my PS3 to my computer receiving the internet from my USB wifi antenna. I had to do a little setting up on my computer network and my ps3, but all in all it's working great and I got FAST internet (my landlord must be paying for premium internet, because I'm getting ~54mbps on my computer.
I believe my Yagi USB antenna can have the USB portion disconnected. I'll keep that in mind if I ever needed to plug it into a router via coax cable, because I think with a little handy work I can rig it to do that. Thanks again!~
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January 13, 2014 1:15:09 PM

seak_quence said:
Hi guys, first time poster here.

I had just recently bought a Yagi long-range usb wifi antenna, and I couldn't be more happy with it. I live in a guest house on my land lord's property, and my antenna is picking up his wireless internet from his router (with his permission, of course) and the antenna is plugged into my computer via USB and is giving my computer great internet.

My question, however, is how can I rebroadcast this signal so that my nearby PS3 can have internet as well?
Would I need a WiFi repeater that can accept a signal via USB (is that even possible?) or can I get a USB splitter and split the signal to both my PS3 and computer? Another thing I thought of, and I wonder if it's even possible, is to get a USB-to-Ethernet converter and then split two ethernet cables--one going to my computer and the other to my PS3.

Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!


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