I am trying to share my connection with my cousin who is a couple houses over. I do have a direct line of site to his house. If i am in his house, in a room closest to the corner of my house i can pick up one bar, but i cannot connect to anything. I believe the issue is that the router is strong enough to reach the laptop but that the laptop is not able to send info back to the router. I do not have the router signal boosted and i am using an internal wifi card that came with the laptop. What would be the best solution to get the signal from my place to his (my router is already in the window that has direct line of site to his house). I have read that a range extender is supposed to be placed in an area that already receives three bars to work efficiently, so that kind of rules out that option if it is true - I can only pick up one at his house. Is there an easy solution to make this work?
what router (brand, model) are you using? did you play with the wireless channel to see if you can get a better signal on a different (less common or unused) channel?
I have a linksys 4200. I did try different channels; they all give me one bar in my cousin's house but i just can't seem to connect. We tried every channel to see if it would make a difference, but it didn't seem to matter. I didn't try changing the power settings, but I assumed that wouldn't really help in my case because it seems like the laptop can "see" the signal coming from the router but the router can't quite see the signal coming from the laptop. I am not entirely sure on that, just my theory.
Simplest solution … cheap ass WRT-54G - I pick them up from Goodwill for under $10 - with a "windsurfer antenna" running in client mode at his place, and another router at his place to provide him with local wireless coverage. Sounds complicated, but it's not, and once set up it works WELL and reliably.
If you want him to be on the same network as you, change the "client mode" above to "bridge".
That sounds like a fantastic solution. I didn't realize a homemade antenna like that could be so effective. I will have to see if i can find an old wrt-54G as these newer linksys models don't seem to have external antennas anymore. I found the template and a video demonstrating how to create the antenna, doesn't seem too difficult at all. Thanks for the advise.
Now if i go with this solution, will the fact that the wrt-54g being a G modem slow down the speed of my N devices. I know i always heard when G was the latest and greatest that if you let people connect with B that everything will be brought down to B speed. I do stream some video over my network (using 2.4 and 5Ghz devices) so N speeds would be ideal. If that is the case is there an N speed router that would be good to use instead?
Thanks again for the great info
I don't know what the theory says on the mixed G/N on the same router, but in _MY_ experience, if there is any difference it's been negligible. (I commonly copy vids to my AppleTV at 7MB/s while a bunch of phones are connected and doing whatever at G speeds.)
Ultimately, if you really want to stay 100% N, you can grab a Pogoplug for $18.50 from Adorama, an "N" USB adapter, load Archlinuxarm on the Pogo and use it as a bridge between your and your cousin's networks. More complicated, but a fun project.