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October 11, 2010 5:12:11 PM

I have been calling the local DSL company for over 7 months now to get high speed internet and there are never any available ports open, the neighbor said I can use his but the signal is VERY weak into my home - and there is about 20 feet of trees to go through - how can I achieve a better signal? The neighbor does not want to put an antenna on his house.

There is about 20 feet of foliage and trees but the neighbors house is only about 75 feet away from my house.

Plus if I can get the equipment to produce a stronger signal - how then can I make my house wireless so that both our laptops (husband and myself) can connect the signal?

Our employment requires that we have high speed internet so really am in a delema here.

What equipment would I all need to purchase to achieve this?
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October 11, 2010 5:30:33 PM

You can get a directional antenna to point at his router, should help.

This should give you a decent primer on the tech http://www.radiolabs.com/Articles/wifi-antenna.html

Something like this may help you, but I have not tried it, http://www.amazon.com/GSKY-802-11b-Wireless-Adapter-Ant...

If you want to extend the wireless signal to more than one PC you need something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Then you won't need the other adapter unless your computers don't have wifi built in.
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October 11, 2010 7:19:21 PM

laurie83833 said:
Thank you - I just spoke with the neighbor and he thinks that if I get to buffalo Routers.. one for his house and one for mine should do the trick.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AOKTJ8/ref=ord_car...

Does this seem like it should work fine also?

Thank you,


That should work, but I don't see any info if you can set it up as a wireless to wireless AP or just as a wired to wireless. What you need is a wireless to wireless.
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October 18, 2010 4:20:40 PM

The neighbor is not leaving it up to me on what equipment to get. He wants the buffalo routers. So I guess I am limited.

So what you are saying that we would need to connect via Ethernet to the buffalo router in our home once he sets them up? Could we then connect a wireless router via Ethernet to the buffalo router so that our house may then become wireless?

I do have a linksys WRT54GL router that I can install DD-WRT
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October 28, 2010 12:29:07 AM

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