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Old 01-13-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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Boosting WIFI

Is anyone using anything to boost campground wifi signals? Such as external antennas, boosters, etc. I don't want to use air cards or data services. My wife downloads Korean soap operas 24/7. Most of the campgrounds we have stayed at have had wifi. But we have never had service strong enough for her downdloads. I did find out that the builtin wifi in most laptops, both of ours, only transmit at 30 mw and the receive antennas are short range. I am considering this. It is 2000 mw and the antenna has 5 dBi gain. The unit can be detached and mounted to a window with a suction cup. If need be I can also use an outside antenna.
I need to keep the wife happy. When the wife is happy life is good.
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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I have that very external USB wifi reciever. I use an antenna extension cord and an external omni directional antenna.

Something like this
Alfa WirelessWireless-G high power with SMA Adapter (2dBi or 5dBi Antenna) (AWUS036H) - ALFA Network - AWUS036H -

D-Link ANT24-0700 2.4GHz Omni-Directional 7dBi Indoor Antenna (ANT240700) - D-link - ANT24-0700 -

http://www.cyberguys.com/product-det...64#page=page-1

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http://www.cyberguys.com/product-det...CH#page=page-1

If you are feeling frisky.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:23 PM   #3
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Thanks Lou. Is there really an improvement with this? Everything have read indicates there is. But there is nothing like first hand experience.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:26 PM   #4
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Seen this work

JEFA Tech: Long Range WiFi Repeater Kit for RVs
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:11 PM   #5
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While my solution is directional (very), a few degrees off and you get nada (plus it is only one pc or laptop), Yves's solution is awesome.

Not only is it available with a 15db push (+60 bucks but worth it), but it is omnidirectional. Mount it on your flag pole and away you go!

Additionally it is a hot spot! Everyone in the camper (and the immediate vicinity!) can connect at the same time. iPhone; iPad; laptop; netflix slingbox; all at the same time.

I would love you if you got this. If I was camped next to you; you would suddenly be my best friend.

In fact; I need to peek in the mad money jar and see if there is enough to upgrade my Wifi Hotspot solution... Just sayin'
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:16 AM   #6
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Interesting idea. We've been to campgrounds with no wifi and no cell service. I'm looking into the Wilson brand of equipment (for cellular voice and data plans) before we embark on our cross country Yellowstone adventure...
More expensive and bit for work if you use a yagi antenna..
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:25 AM   #7
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While my solution is directional (very), a few degrees off and you get nada (plus it is only one pc or laptop), Yves's solution is awesome.

Not only is it available with a 15db push (+60 bucks but worth it), but it is omnidirectional. Mount it on your flag pole and away you go!

Additionally it is a hot spot! Everyone in the camper (and the immediate vicinity!) can connect at the same time. iPhone; iPad; laptop; netflix slingbox; all at the same time.

I would love you if you got this. If I was camped next to you; you would suddenly be my best friend.

In fact; I need to peek in the mad money jar and see if there is enough to upgrade my Wifi Hotspot solution... Just sayin'
For $19.95 per week I will provide internet service, this price includes a free mouse pad and a kitchen knife that can slice thru a tin can then slice a tomatoe.
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a kitchen knife that can slice thru a tin can then slice a tomatoe.
Tomatoe; Tomato; Potato; Potatoe.
Who was it that got into trouble with that?
Some politician; but I forgot who.
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Tomatoe; Tomato; Potato; Potatoe.
Who was it that got into trouble with that?
Some politician; but I forgot who.
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Is the question really that of a weak signal, or is it bandwidth control? I am at a campsite now, with the antenna is line of site about 100ft away. The signal is as strong as I can get and the WiFi works fine for "normal" surfing and e-mail, but put a download or streaming audio and video into the mix and it virtually shuts down.

This may be the OP's problem?

Yves solution looks interesting, must dig up my spare dd-wrt router and see what I can do :-)

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