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Windows 7: Long Range Antenna/ Router

14 Jun 2010   #1
ihmitch

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Long Range Antenna/ Router

I'm looking at getting a long range antenna or router to reach a good friends hunting cabin. He is about 300 yards away but through about 50 yards of woods, nothing thick. Then up about 50 feet on a hill. Off my antenna for my tv i could put a antenna that should reach his cabin but still have the trees. His cabin is made out of log, but there is a window that faces our house. In the fall/winter i can see his cabin easy, just now its covered up by leaves.

I have a WRT54g and and WRT320N. They can both reach about 1/8th+ of a mile one way up the road where there is no trees but it is up a gradual hill. I set the routers towards the window facing his cabin and it wouldn't reach about 60 feet short (wireless). So i was looking at a
TRENDnet TEW-AO19D 19dBi Outdoor High-Gain Directional Antenna from walmart, or a
2.4 GHz 11 element yagi with stainless elements. I'm not sure which one to go with...im leaning towards the trendnet on because of higher dBi. All they want is some internet when they come up.

Anyone willing to give me some advice? or anyother great long range antenna/ routers that would do?

Thanks




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14 Jun 2010   #2
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

You would be far better served using the WRT320N because of it's 2.4 GHz and 5Ghz N band which has much more range than the older wireless G router.

For best reception I would get a good wireless N USB or PCI adaptor for the recieving end, the ones with a the antennas work well for this, that way you can run the reciever end outdoors, then move it around for best reception.
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14 Jun 2010   #3
ihmitch

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Congrats on 3100 posts chev65!

The only problem i have with using my WRT320N is that i have a bunch of devices in my house that use wireless g. The router is dual band but not Simultaneous, so it only broadcasts 2.4 or 5 ghz at a time...but i can broadcast g, b, and N at the same time but my range isnt the greatest.

The owner of the cabin said he would pay for has to be done, but if i could save him some $$ that would be great. Any recommendations on a good USB adapter on the receiving end. That was a great idea with the adapter being a log cabin i could place it right in the windows for best reception.

Thanks
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14 Jun 2010   #4
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ihmitch View Post
Congrats on 3100 posts chev65!

The only problem i have with using my WRT320N is that i have a bunch of devices in my house that use wireless g. The router is dual band but not Simultaneous, so it only broadcasts 2.4 or 5 ghz at a time...but i can broadcast g, b, and N at the same time but my range isnt the greatest.

The owner of the cabin said he would pay for has to be done, but if i could save him some $$ that would be great. Any recommendations on a good USB adapter on the receiving end. That was a great idea with the adapter being a log cabin i could place it right in the windows for best reception.

Thanks
The 5Ghz band would only be used if all the 2.4GHz channels in your area were maxed out which is very unlikely. Changing the channel to the least used channel in your area also will help the range and signal strength.

You don't need the 5GHz band to get good range. The routers placement and the recieving antenna's placement would be what mattered the most. You might need to move the router by extending the eithernet cables for best signal strength. Some extra work on placement of both the router and the adaptor can really help with signal strength.

For the adaptor I like the D-link DWR-140 which has G and N bands, also has extendable USB antenna placement. Good reviews at Newegg and is supposed to well with Windows 7.
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14 Jun 2010   #5
ihmitch

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

ok, great info. I was trying to get at that the 5ghz would have less interference from other electronics, therefore a very very slight range increase. But it wouldnt work for me anyways...so o well.

I had ran a wire and pushed the router to the nearest window facing the cabin with no luck either. My router is by a window now but on the wrong side of the house. Its kinda impossible for my router to be anywhere else in my house with out running wires up the walls and everywhere in between. kinda why i was leaning to a outdoor model that would be on top of house and making wiring easier.

As for the channel, we are out in the sticks, so no other router interference is possible. I have it on channel 11.
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14 Jun 2010   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ihmitch View Post
ok, great info. I was trying to get at that the 5ghz would have less interference from other electronics, therefore a very very slight range increase. But it wouldnt work for me anyways...so o well.

I had ran a wire and pushed the router to the nearest window facing the cabin with no luck either. My router is by a window now but on the wrong side of the house. Its kinda impossible for my router to be anywhere else in my house with out running wires up the walls and everywhere in between. kinda why i was leaning to a outdoor model that would be on top of house and making wiring easier.

As for the channel, we are out in the sticks, so no other router interference is possible. I have it on channel 11.
You can also set up what is called a wireless access point, it's like a switch connected by wire to the router and you can create a wireless access point right where you need it to be. They usually have a few antenna's sticking out of them. You would need to place one in the window facing the cabin and then work on the wireless adaptor on the other end for best reception.
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