Wifi antenna and amplifier?

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by Robert Crandal, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. Our business is spread across two buildings. The main building
    has WiFi, but the secondary building barely picks up that signal.

    I use an iPad in the secondary building, but it picks up a weak signal
    from the main building. Are there any external antenna devices that
    can pick up and amplify that WiFi signal? I guess an antenna that
    works like a repeater would be nice. Are there any such products
    on the market? I don't know exactly what to look for.

    Thank you!
    Robert Crandal, Oct 13, 2014
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  2. Robert Crandal

    RVG Guest

    Le 13/10/2014 05:40, Robert Crandal a écrit :
    I have this:

    It's great, but it has a HUGE security breach at first start. So before
    you start it, change the password of your network on the router. Start
    the repeater, set it up, etc.
    Then change back your router password.
    Unless you do that, your network password will be seen by everybody who
    detects the repeater's SSID.

    « Les autres continents ont des singes ; l'Europe a des Français. Ceci
    compense cela.» - Arthur Schopenhauer

    RVG, Oct 13, 2014
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  3. If I plug in the power cord, will it immediately pick up the signal from
    our Building One and make it more usable in Building Two?

    Also, we can't install external software, such as drivers, in our work
    Is that going to be a problem? (BTW, the password for the WiFi coming
    from Building One is universally known to everyone at work. The only
    problem is that Building One enjoys a strong WiFi signal, while Building Two
    has a weak signal)

    Thanks! -Robert
    Robert Crandal, Oct 13, 2014
  4. Robert Crandal

    Char Jackson Guest

    [adding alt.internet.wireless]

    I'd suggest a point-to-point solution using radios from Ubiquity (or
    similar) coupled with directional antennas. The p-t-p link could be on
    another radio band, such as 5GHz, which may not be as crowded.

    In the main building, you'd connect the p-t-p radio into your wired network.
    In the second building, you'd connect an access point back to back with the
    p-t-p radio.

    Perhaps others will chime in with specific equipment and/or configuration
    Char Jackson, Oct 13, 2014
  5. I found this product on eBay:

    Ubiquiti RocketDish 5G-30 5GHz AirMax 2x2 PtP Dish Antenna

    Is this what you are talking about?
    Robert Crandal, Oct 13, 2014
  6. Robert Crandal

    Char Jackson Guest

    I don't have specific products in mind, and I think I skipped over the most
    important parts. Namely, what kind of distance are you talking about, and
    what lies between the two buildings? What are the buildings made of? What's
    your budget? ...and other basic questions.
    Char Jackson, Oct 14, 2014
  7. Robert Crandal

    RVG Guest

    Le 13/10/2014 11:43, Robert Crandal a écrit :
    Anybody in the proximity of building One can receive the signal, whether
    they know the password or not. If it's not an issue, then just plug the
    repeater and set it up, otherwise change the main password first,
    connect the repeater, then change the password back and change once
    again the repeater SSID connection from its built-in settings panel that
    you can't access prior to the first connection.
    Also the SSID must be visible for the initial connection, so hiding it
    temporarily is not a solution.

    « Les autres continents ont des singes ; l'Europe a des Français. Ceci
    compense cela.» - Arthur Schopenhauer

    RVG, Oct 14, 2014
  8. Building One and Building Two are separated by approximately 80 yards.
    In between the buildings is a parking lot. The buildings are made of brick.
    For now, my budget range is $40-$300, but subject to change.

    We do get a weak signal in Building Two, which is slightly stronger
    depending on where we are standing. Can you recommend anything
    in particular will help Building Two pull in a stronger signal? Thanks
    Robert Crandal, Oct 16, 2014
  9. Maybe I'm going about this wrong..... Instead of trying to bring the WiFi
    signal from point A to point B, is there a device that acts as an
    mobile hotspot? Something that uses 3G phone signals to create a hotspot?
    Robert Crandal, Oct 20, 2014
  10. Plenty of them...

    A bunch of phones have "tethering" capability. For example, my Nokia
    will take a T-Mobile cellular/G/2G/3G/4G/LTE signal and feed
    it back out as a WiFi bubble.

    There are also purpose-made small boxes that do this as well.

    Note, of course, that you will face potential data charges
    by the carrier. And if you're at all semi public with
    this, those numbers can get high very quickly.
    danny burstein, Oct 20, 2014
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