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#62186 31-May-2010 23:41
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Hi guys, I have a friend who's kind enough to let me use his wifi (I'm his next door neighbour) to surf the net and play games with him via the radio link.

Only problem is the signal is low and he can't move the router closer to my house (There's currently trees and a wall in the line of sight).

So I thought I could buy a repeater and stick that in the window facing my house.

I'm curious though - he has a wireless G router, can I buy a wireless N repeater, and have the repeater recieve wireless G and retransmit wireless N to have a better coverage? Or will it only repeat wireless G?

Either way, with just a tree thinly blocking line of sight (with the repeater) will it make packets less likely to drop out? To justify buying a repeater?

Thanks heaps guys :)

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  #336859 1-Jun-2010 01:14
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I have used a Linksys WRT54GL Router with a Cantenna to achieve this before, Basically was acting like a Wireless to Ethernet bridge of which I had my own router hooked up to. In fact I still have my old Cantenna if you're interested :) (It's made out of a Aluminum toilet brush holder and was used to bridge a network ~500m away, worked well)

Also something else you can check out is - I got some ideas off them a few years ago to build a wifi bridge before moving to my ?ber toilet brush holder cantenna :)

Good luck!

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  #337025 1-Jun-2010 13:54
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Yeah you'll need a device which can do wireless client bridged mode, typically I've only seen this on custom 3rd party firmware like Tomato and DD-WRT for devices like the Linksys WRT54GL and Asus WLG-520GU.

What's the rough distance between your house and his?


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  #337049 1-Jun-2010 14:36
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Thanks for the help guys, I'd say it's about 10 meters

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  #337361 2-Jun-2010 13:44
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Not sure what others have found, but when i used a wifi repeater it played hell with latency with spikes all over the place, making gaming impossible. I dont know if this is to be expected or not. It is notable it was simply repeating the original signal (same channel and ssid i think) rather than acting as a bridge as such.

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  #337366 2-Jun-2010 13:55
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Aure: Thanks for the help guys, I'd say it's about 10 meters

Hmm 10M, I'd be tempted to run a network cable.  You can get gel filled cat5e for use outdoors.

Can you post a picture?

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  #337408 2-Jun-2010 15:30
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most of the N wireless are backward compatible with G network.

You are going to push it - 10 meters as concrete and trees will degrade the wireless connectivity
Good luck!

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