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wifi AP with directional antenna (repeater)

September 27, 2010 at 02:55:12
Specs: Windows XP, 512 MB

Hello
I am thinking about buying a wifi access point to act as universal repeater in order to let laptops far away from the wifi modem router to get online as well. However, since I do not know whether this wifi AP will get enough signal with the antenna it brings, I am thinking of replacing the low gain antena(usually 2dB) it might bring with either a directional or an omnidirectional antenna. The question is: if I use a directional antenna pointing towards the wifi modem router, will still my laptops connected through the wifi AP get enough signal considering the new wifi AP's directional antenna is not going to be pointing towards these laptops but towards the wifi modem router?

That is to say,
Is it a good choice a directional antenna for access points which are not only connected to other wifi access points through wds or wifi universal repeater mode but have to give access to clients such as laptops with wifi cards?

Which wifi AP would you suggest as the best option to make it work as universal repeater?
TP-Link TL-WA500G
150N Wireless AP/Bridge/Repeater Conceptronic.net

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#1
September 27, 2010 at 07:30:08

If you need to extend your wireless network you have a couple of options as to how you can do that.

However, you didn't tell us whether you're extending within a building or across a larger distance, say from one building to another. This is pretty important information as it affects how you'll extend your wireless.

So, before we can help you, you need to respond with some details about what you're doing and where you need to do it.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
September 27, 2010 at 07:40:35

it's inside of the same building, just one floor apart.

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#3
September 27, 2010 at 08:32:33

In that case I would just put an AP (or AP's plural depending on coverage needs) on the other floor.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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