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Re: getting wifi to the dead zones of a big house (2nd DSL Modem and router combo?)
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If you have some signal, a simple reflector might give you enough boost.

http://www.freeantennas.com EZ-12, printed on photo paper for thick stock,
with aluminum foil glued to the sail, provides a substantial boost in
signal.  http://www.rahul.net/dold/clarence/EZ12-windsurfer.jpg

Make the tabs longer than the template drawing for easier assembly.

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Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA  GPS: 38.8,-122.5

Re: getting wifi to the dead zones of a big house (2nd DSL Modem and router combo?)
As others have said:

1) think harder about why you assume that you can't run ethernet cable
to other rooms.
   a) is there no attic that you can take the cable up into to cross
the house?
   b) are you intimidated by the idea of drilling a hole through a
wall?
   c) installing connectors on the ends of Cat 5e cable seems too
hard?

If one of the above, consider hiring a cable or network guy to run the
cables from your existing router to distant rooms and then put APs on
the cables.

2)  Use powerline networking adapters and then put your AP on the ends
where they are needed.


Cheers,
Steve

Re: getting wifi to the dead zones of a big house (2nd DSL Modem and router combo?)
On Thu, 15 Jan 2009 20:24:52 -0800 (PST), seaweedsl

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I was in a situation similar to yours a couple weeks ago, and I did
solution #2.  I spent about $125 on the two devices I needed, but
learned later that I could have spent only about $70.

If you want to read more than you'd ever want to know on what I did,
and also all the input I got from a couple of the resident experts in
this newsgroup, you can read here:

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.internet.wireless/browse_thread/thread/2d50b27d38bae6d1?hl=en


If you want to save yourself some reading, you could skip the early
part of the thread, where I'm contemplating repeaters, then boosters,
then ethernet cabling, and finally settle on powerline adapters.  

Maybe start reading around message 20 or 25 (out of the 49 in the
thread).  Maybe start here instead:

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.internet.wireless/browse_thread/thread/2d50b27d38bae6d1/9bef01f21fd29013?hl=en


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