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  • #16
    Re: Wifi How Far???

    Originally posted by garager View Post
    I have a friend that bought a special antenna, reception has gone a tad further than a 1/2 mile, but it loaded real slowly. It was pricey but to him, well worth it. I might have to do the same thing, out there on the road. And I thought I was going this morning, but my trainer truck broke down. Now I'm sitting in the lobby for him to pick me up, whenever that may be.....
    Pringles cans make excellent Wifi antennas.

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    • #17
      Re: Wifi How Far???

      Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
      Signals hitting us from everywhere.

      You can drink all the red wine, eat organic vegetables, & taking a pomegranate enema-but these signals will probably be what gets us.

      J.C.
      I prefer to drink the pomegranate juice and take a red wine enema--you get a quicker buzz
      "Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied." Mark Twain

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      • #18
        Re: Wifi How Far???

        The distance can be quite large. At 11.b (11 mbps max) it could be several miles given proper antennas. The trick though is that both ends need the same capability to both send and receive signal. It's not enough for a laptop to see a strong signal from some neighbor, but that laptops needs to be seen by the other end.

        And cpw is correct. That empty pringles can works wonders. A few years ago I tinkered with that and I had a 3 mile range in straight line.
        In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion.

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        • #19
          Re: Wifi How Far???

          I am 12 miles out and my signal is a wifi signal, and I get OK reception, I have a directional antenna, and it is on a short tower, and clean line of sight, between the antennas, the antenna in town is on top of the grain elevator, about 200 feet tall,

          now it is my understanding they have "assigned" the receivers to the "transmitters" so open use if not feasible.
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          • #20
            Re: Wifi How Far???

            Originally posted by BHD View Post
            I am 12 miles out and my signal is a wifi signal, and I get OK reception, I have a directional antenna, and it is on a short tower, and clean line of sight, between the antennas, the antenna in town is on top of the grain elevator, about 200 feet tall,

            now it is my understanding they have "assigned" the receivers to the "transmitters" so open use if not feasible.
            On the other end of the spectrum, it can be remarkably short distances too. At the building I'm in the executives who have corner offices tell us they get very poor Wifi reception, because the people who set it up purposefully made it so that the parking lot would not get a strong signal.

            My parents house (only 1200 sq ft., and a length of at most 50-60 ft.) has two access points too, because the bedrooms on one side of the house don't get good signal from the APs in the basement on the other side of the house.

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            • #21
              Re: Wifi How Far???

              Like I said there are special directional antennas and towers and so on that make it happen, even on 100 Milli watts of power. I do not know the power of the unit the is on top of the elevator, I am guessing much greater as it is all directional,
              but even with all of this I am nearly at its limit,

              If I was using a built in antenna or one of the little rubber units I would not have 100 yards is my guess,
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              • #22
                Re: Wifi How Far???

                Originally posted by cpw View Post
                My parents house (only 1200 sq ft., and a length of at most 50-60 ft.) has two access points too, because the bedrooms on one side of the house don't get good signal from the APs in the basement on the other side of the house.
                Basements are usually not the greatest locations for Wireless AP. Attics work better, but PoE is much preferred for this kind of setup.
                In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion.

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                • #23
                  Re: Wifi How Far???

                  Just wanted to add a recent "unbelievable" thing about WiFi around me.

                  I moved the laptop to another room. Opened it up and the automatic connection connected to WiFi again. I paid attention to the pop up this time saying it was connected and read the info.

                  It said connected to my Local Public Library (which does offer free WiFi) and the connection speed was very low. The lowest it could go but it WAS/IS connected.

                  What's so "unbelievable" about that? The library I'm speaking of is about 3 to 4 miles away.

                  I'm only reporting what happened.

                  J.C.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Wifi How Far???

                    FYI

                    The library will block all porn access. Don't ask me how I know this, I just do

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