Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



3 posts

Wannabe Geek


Topic # 76995 9-Feb-2011 16:30 Send private message

I'm looking for a wireless router that gives the furthest coverage.  I'm with Telecom.  I need a router that will reach to my office in my garage about 30 metres away.  Wireless needs to travel through 4 walls (three gib and one tin).  Can anyone suggest a wireless router that will do this job?

Create new topic
2329 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 79


  Reply # 437341 9-Feb-2011 16:34 Send private message

ouch. It's not going to like that tin very much.

You're better off with directional antennas at both ends. The power wifi APs can put out is regulated and can't exceed 4Watts, so any that do 4Watts is as good as you'll get.


1339 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 177

Trusted

  Reply # 437342 9-Feb-2011 16:36 Send private message

Well, I can't answer the question easily, but getting yourself a router where you can swap the antenna will help.

Then you can put a high gain antenna on it. If you can do that in your office as well (usb wireless with a swapable antenna) you'll do Ok.

http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=AR3277




Checkout the EPIC5 script I work on, LiCe. Makes console based IRC fun and easy to use, just like the old days!
Android user? Checkout MightyText - text messaging from your browser.

2246 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 202

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 437386 9-Feb-2011 19:01 Send private message

You may be better off looking at netcomm homeplug devices.
These use your internal power wiring to pass the data. It will probably also be much faster than a wireless signal going through.

4 walls and a layer of tin would probably be way too much for wifi.




Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)
www.ruralkiwi.com

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here




1988 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 15


  Reply # 437389 9-Feb-2011 19:07 Send private message

muppet: Well, I can't answer the question easily, but getting yourself a router where you can swap the antenna will help.

Then you can put a high gain antenna on it. If you can do that in your office as well (usb wireless with a swapable antenna) you'll do Ok.

http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=AR3277


will this go on an ordinary thomson wireless modem? 




- Telstra HTC Touch Pro2 - Energy ROM WM6.5.5 20 Oct/Cyanogen Mod Froyo 2.2 - R.I.P
- AT&T Galaxy S Captivate 16GB on XT (now with brother)
- Samsung Galaxy S2 on XT- Runs ICS 4.0.3 Resurrection Remix 9.2
- Business Hours - Work In The Electricity Industry, After Hours - DJ/Turntablist - Will Scratch Vinyl For Free'
- What's next??? S3?

2246 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 202

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 437575 10-Feb-2011 00:55 Send private message

you cannot remove the antenna on an ordinary thompson.
look into a belkin or tp-link for a removable antenna.




Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)
www.ruralkiwi.com

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here




19767 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1515

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Subscriber

  Reply # 437585 10-Feb-2011 06:17 Send private message

The biggest factor isn't always the power of the router, but the power of the laptop you're using to connect back to the AP. A 1W AP isn't any good if you've got got a 100mW laptop that doesn't have enough power to communicate back to the AP.


34 posts

Geek


  Reply # 437596 10-Feb-2011 07:52 Send private message

I got a pair of access points and 15db outdoor aerials for something similar for a site :)

As suggested above, the tin walls will act as a mirror to wireless signals - is there a window in the shed that has a clear view of the house? What you'd ideally have is an access point in each building that has clear line of site to each other.

This is the unit I am using for my site - only took a few minutes to setup a wireless bridge between 2 of them
http://www.tp-link.com/products/productDetails.asp?pmodel=TL-WA701ND
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=525395 ($54ea)



3 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 437734 10-Feb-2011 13:22 Send private message

Is there anyway of increase power of laptop for wireless reception

2329 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 79


  Reply # 437735 10-Feb-2011 13:24 Send private message

Korodave: Is there anyway of increase power of laptop for wireless reception


Get a USB wifi adaptor with a removable antenna, swap it out for a bigger one? 

784 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 63


  Reply # 437750 10-Feb-2011 13:55 Send private message

have you thought about getting a length of cat5 network cable to connect the laptop in the office to your thompson router? Might be easier than messing about with different antennas if you don't need to have wi-fi in the office, just internet connectivity for the laptop there.

784 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 63


  Reply # 437756 10-Feb-2011 14:06 Send private message

As another potential no cost solution you could try moving the wireless modem from it's current location to a room with a phone extension socket nearer the office, you might just have enough signal there to connect. Worth a try.

You'd lose a bit of general broadband speed though, as you get the best performance with the modem connected to the master phone socket, where it probably is already located

Minimalist
4813 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 127

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 437977 10-Feb-2011 20:27 Send private message

Korodave: Is there anyway of increase power of laptop for wireless reception


I one of these today http://jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=YN8306&keywords=yn8306&form=KEYWORD

Works through a window then 400m+ in the middle of Wellington to an outdoor AP, just.

784 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 63


  Reply # 438219 11-Feb-2011 10:46 Send private message

In reply to the post above, you would probably need a usb extension cable to locate the usb wireless adaptor in a house facing window of the tin walled office

http://jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=XC4839&keywords=usb+extension+lead&form=KEYWORD

1155 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 35


  Reply # 438243 11-Feb-2011 12:09 Send private message

I use a Belkin wireless N router, dual antenna. It can send the signal through a gib wall and an exterior (roughcast) wall through to my Skyline type garage. I get about 3 bars reception in the garage which is about 20, 30 metres away from the router.

3015 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 196

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 444915 2-Mar-2011 17:46 Send private message

TBH your probably better just to dig a trench and run some cat5e through conduit between the two buildings. A few hours on a Saturday will get you sorted :)





Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

22nd Only: PB Tech BROTHER HL1110 Mono laser Printer $15 shipped(after $30 cashback)
Created by loceff13, last reply by tardtasticx on 22-Oct-2014 23:41 (21 replies)
Pages... 2


Who Audits IRD?
Created by gundar, last reply by charsleysa on 22-Oct-2014 15:52 (18 replies)
Pages... 2


HERE Maps beta available to all Android 4.4 devices and up
Created by freitasm, last reply by farcus on 22-Oct-2014 22:36 (17 replies)
Pages... 2


Spark Socialiser
Created by freitasm, last reply by freitasm on 22-Oct-2014 18:39 (34 replies)
Pages... 2 3


American legal jurisdiction in New Zealand
Created by ajobbins, last reply by gzt on 21-Oct-2014 14:58 (30 replies)
Pages... 2


Another Trade Me competitor: SellShed
Created by freitasm, last reply by SellShed on 22-Oct-2014 11:54 (42 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Snap have failed our company!
Created by dafman, last reply by nunz on 22-Oct-2014 22:45 (26 replies)
Pages... 2


Abnormal upstream data usage - Vodafone Cable Wellington
Created by otherside, last reply by Aredwood on 22-Oct-2014 22:13 (13 replies)


Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.