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Old 04-01-2016, 11:51 AM   #1
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Wi-Fi repeater install

I finally got around to a permanent installation of my Jefa Tech repeater and 8.5db antenna.
Fabricated a mount (1.5" x 1/8" x 24" aluminum stock) that is secured to the TV crank up antenna with #8 32 x 1/2" x 3 screws.

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Ran the cable to the side of the refrigerator vent (white dot in the shadow right of the small mound of goop).

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Cautiously drilled a hole from the book rack to the refrigerator vent cavity (yea no wiring).

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Velcro'd repeater to cabinet end.

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Ran hard wire Ethernet to Blu-Ray DVD player.

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Old 04-01-2016, 06:45 PM   #2
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Nice install. Look forward to hearing how it works.


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Old 04-01-2016, 07:00 PM   #3
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My experience as a ham radio operator for many years is antennas mounted too close to each other generally interfere with one another if not totally take out each other. My guess is you will seriously diminish one or both signals but for sure the television ant. IMHO I hope I'm wrong, but such have been my experience in the past.
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:11 PM   #4
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The wifi will overload OTA Digital signals by increasing the noise floor in the little preamp inside the antenna if not overload it. In layman terms not a good idea.
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I would relocate the WiFi ant as far away from the TV ant as I could get it. Even then, you may be in for some signal distortion. JMHO
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:51 AM   #6
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Wifi Ranger products are regularly mounted on the TV antenna. If you guys think B_D_HOWie's setup won't work, what's the difference between his setup and the Wifi Ranger that works fine?
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No wifi in range. Host says closest is McD's west of here. Not sure how far.
Will advise next trip.
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Wifi Ranger products are regularly mounted on the TV antenna. If you guys think B_D_HOWie's setup won't work, what's the difference between his setup and the Wifi Ranger that works fine?
It may indeed "work", but how well relative mounting them apart? Unless you have something to compare the two [experience], you will never know.
Many "stacked" ham radio antennas work well if they don't resonate with each other. They will almost always work better on separate mast, but most hams don't either have the room or want to spend the money for numerous towers or mounts. It can get very expensive!
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I am not an antenna expert but a TV antenna only receives and does not transmit... the TV antenna might get some interference introduced into the TV signal but not the other way around... AND it might even work as a ground plane giving the upright antenna some boost...

the antennas that might interfere with each other are the external and internal WiFi antennas if they are too close...
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First of all, this antenna is not 8db, you will never gain 8db out of a vertical. As for the "plane" they would have to be bonded, right there, not going through the whole trailer.
If you want some advice, ditch that antenna, keep the router. And get youself a directional antenna made by Alfa networks, take advantage if a rotating "support". Cant remember what model number is now, but they are small, black, and are about 25-30$ on ebay. If interested in something better, look into alfa's R36 combos. If not misteaken they are 2000mw.
Doubt that old linksys will support all bands as well, abgn.

You will see NIGHT AND DAY difference with either a panel antenna or that small black one from alfa guaranteed.
When i used the omni first i saw maybe 5 networks around my site, once i plugged my dir one, there was about 40 of them around depending where the antenna was pointed.
Nice job on wiring.
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