Friday, December 02, 2011

1.5 mile wifi booster

This sounds a little like snake oil, but I'll bite Engadget posted a link to a Wi-fi range extender.  The claim is that is can boost the signal up to 1.5 miles!!!!  For the price of $180 I'm inclined to give it a whirl (Though from my understanding of wireless you would need one on both ends of the connection to make this work).  My parents have a few acres and the shop that is far enough from the house that it doesn't get signal from their access point in the house.  I had considered a number of solutions for this, but the one that was the least work was burying some fiber in a conduit and getting 2 fiber to copper adapters (I am actually qualified to terminate fiber so this is less insane than it might sound).  Wireless would be a hell of a lot less work, but something about this makes me not believe it will work.

What do you think?

10 comments:

  1. In the city, this would be great for pirating someone else's internet connection. But for the pricetag, it's almost worth just keeping my crappy Comcast.

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  2. The usb yagi wifi antennae can reach 5 to 10 miles for around 80 to 100 bucks.
    Here's a link

    http://www.illumi-nations.com/mini-yagi-usb-antenna-14dbi-80211-bg

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  3. It's now only 65 bucks

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  4. ^go with natural one's idea

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  5. I don't like wireless that much. The signal is very inconsistent.

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  6. I would rather upgrade my connection for $180. Thanks for sharing though.

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  7. @natural one, are you sure its 65 bucks

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  8. $180 is a bit expensive, but you can always give it a try. :D

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