Bdrm wifi to extend further 50 ft belown apartment complex

September 7, 2017 at 08:22:54
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I'm not tech smart at all but am having vandalizing Problems downstairs in our apartment garage (about 40-50 feet down) and our modem wifi is not strong for our wifi RING stick up camera to work downstairs. Is there any other way for this to work? I'm dealing with old concrete bricks and other old materials that's downstairs but other than that, the technician said he was amazed my router even hit minimum signal downstairs but it's not strong enough! Help!

Ps Same technician told me to buy a 300.00 router? Another person told me a booster ( not sure what this is) and another person told me an AP that's costly? My modem is currently in my bedroom, from that distance our cars are about 45-50 feet diagonal to our parking garage downstairs. First floor tenants said "no" after us trying to ask if they wouldn't mind plugging in a chime pro from RING to perhaps help boost the signal into their outlet.

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#1
September 7, 2017 at 08:40:34
Is there a secure line of sight between your bedroom and the garage? (Secure being that nothing could/would get in the way and if there was something external to the garage installed by you or whomever - it wouldn't be pinched, vandalised et)c.?

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#2
September 7, 2017 at 09:07:43
No. The building is literally so old of concrete and breakable cement ( in our parking garage) and we are unsure which tenants are stealing or damaging areas around our cars. So wiring cables or Ethernet lines are out the question?

RING sent us a chime pro wifi extender in hopes the tenants below us could plug it into their outlet. Of course they said no. So now we are unsure what to do.

Someone said to buy a strong extender and just plug it near my main door closest to the garage ? My modem is inside my bedroom about 11 feet away


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#3
September 7, 2017 at 09:52:07
It seems to me the management of the building should be putting in security cameras. It is their responsibility after all.

Having said that.........you could try a bridge device in the garage and then plug a camera into it but you risk having your equipment stolen unless you can figure a way to secure it in some fashion to prevent theft. If you have a minimum signal in the garage, a bridge device there may be what you need as it generates it's own signal and would meet your existing signal about halfway giving you improved signal at both ends. It would of course require a power source for the bridge. Get one that's PoE capable and you could use a PoE camera.

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.

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#4
September 7, 2017 at 10:00:07
Line of sigh,t if secure as it were, might allow the use of external antennae - one outside your window and the other the garage area. But if security is an issue then quite possibly the garage end might be compromised/damaged/stolen etc.?

Could you not install the ring wifi extender (or another decent/reliable brand) in your own apartment/flat and then use an outdoor aerial attached to it outside your window? The range of 50ft ought to work if the antenna is a decent one; and there are no trees etc in the way? It might be on the limits for a general non-directiona (radiating in 360 field) antenna, but a directional, narrow angle of transmission - i.e, line of sight - might well work

It's a area of study etc. which I have no personal experience other than researching it in the past. However Curt R and one or two others here are more au-fait with that approach. Possibly one others will drop across this post as when they come online and thus be able to help more.

"if" and it's a long '"if"... there was power in the garage (in fact there will need to be for an antenna system), and equally "if" that cct. was one the same distribution board as "your" electrics... then "possibly - just remotely" possibly" - you might find the homeplug system would work. One device in your flat connected to the router and plugged into the mains in your flat. The other one in a socket in the garage... If... they talk to each other over the mains wiring then you have network connection... Not knowing where you is of corse does limit which brands I would suggest to use - the best isn't yet available in Canada/USA; it's only available in the UK and that irritating place across the North Sea controlled and lauded over by the sprouts in Brussels.. But this approach is a v-e-r-y long "IF"...


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#5
September 7, 2017 at 10:20:29
Yeah sorry guys I might be in a bad situation overall. The window of my bedroom overlooks the street and front door of our building. The cemented bricks are blocking any type of route into the garage. Except the driveway super far out right where we enter with our cars and exit.

Our landlord clearly sucks but we have been tenants forever here since I was a teen. Rent in Los Angeles is absolutely insane so this apartment complex suffices for my mom and I. We had never had issues with vandalism in our apartment building up until months ago! My mom is very fed up having to clean messes at our spots, it's only been directed towards us.

Again I'm not too savvy with tech terminology but I'm trying my best to understand all your helpful replies!

Someone said to get another stronger router? ARRIS - SURFboard AC1600 Dual-Band Router with DOCSIS 3.0 ? Then get an extender and place near my door that way I'm now about 40-45 feet to where my cars are. Technician was aiming his phone at the corner of our spots and he said my wifi was struggling to keep up download bandwidth but was so shocked it even reached down there.


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#6
September 7, 2017 at 12:03:18
Seems like Curt and I crossed in time... and he is way ahead of me in experience and the rest with remote/distance access/antennae etc

My two bits (I've allowed for inflation over 2cents) is worth some consideration but I don't hold much hope the homeplug idea will work; and if you can't hang/secure a directional antenna at both ends of "the view/path" then, other what Curt suggests, I don't see a solution?

You might by way of personal monitoring (for possible use in a prosecution if needs-be for theft/vandalism by the authorities) mount your own camera (with a day/night capability and a long lens) focused on the trouble spot and record content onto SD or even a DVDRW system; and keep the recordings for say a week and then overwrite each one as its week expires?


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#7
September 7, 2017 at 13:00:26
Cameras such as those? Are battery operated or USB charged? No power outlets in my garage either. I know I know, it's terrible. Hence why the stick up cam was wireless and is able to charge via USB cord.

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#8
September 7, 2017 at 14:03:33
If you have no power available in your garage then you won't be able to do much.

Here's one suggestion. A "game camera" that is motion activated might do what you need. The problem again remains having it stolen. If you can find a great hiding spot, then you could utilize that solution.

The only other thing I can think of might be a dash cam if you can somehow make it run with the car off and have a big enough memory to handle about 8 to 12 hours of video. Then you could park facing outward (back into your spot) and leave the dash cam run all night every night, just have it wipe the SD card every evening when it starts. Then the next time you get vandalized, pull the SD and view the video.

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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#9
September 7, 2017 at 14:28:14
Great. Thanks Curt! You have all been so helpful. Hopefully this situation gets handled soon and we can live in peace

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#10
September 8, 2017 at 06:27:12
I hope I have helped and you can put an end to the BS and sleep easier!

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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