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Post by alison352 on Sun 03 Jan 2010, 5:28 pm

Hi,

I am buying a WiFi Range Extending Antenna. We live in a three level townhouse and our wireless cable modem is on the third level. We have a finished basement on the first level which barely receives a signal (which is approx. 24 feet and two floors directly beneath the modem). Unfortunately moving the cable modem isn't feasible (w/out spending a fortune) due to how the cable was originally set up when the house was built.

My original thought was to buy an omni-directional antenna for the 360 coverage (minus a few dead points underneath the antenna) but where I am getting confused is with the 7dBI, 8dBI, 9dBI, 12dBI, 14dBI, and 15dBI. What are the differences? And what is a "Corner Antenna?"

Thanks for any help!

Alison

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Re: Signal Differences

Post by Doctor Inferno on Mon 04 Jan 2010, 12:23 am

Hello,

What you need here is a wireless repeater.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_repeater

Also take a look here:

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/setup/wirelesstips.aspx

Take note of number 5.


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Re: Signal Differences

Post by alison352 on Mon 04 Jan 2010, 3:32 pm

Hi Doctor,

Thanks for your reply.

Ya, I was looking at a repeater also. I guess they both have their advantages and disadvantages. Although with the antenna my neighbors could jump on my connection, don't know if I would want that to happen!! But then again, I could turn down the signal...but that would just defeat the purpose!

Anywho, I think i'll take your advise and go with the repeater. It's cheaper and if it doesn't work then I'll try an antenna!

Thanks again!

PS...Tony's article on microsoft is great! Thanks!

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Post by Doctor Inferno on Tue 05 Jan 2010, 12:45 am

Hello,

By practising good wireless security, you could prevent people from tapping on your wireless connection. Take a look here on some steps to a better wireless security system:

http://www.geekpolice.net/internet-networking-f8/wireless-security-t52.htm


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