best way to extend network range at school

August 23, 2010 at 17:00:44
Specs: Windows XP, 2.1/ 2gb
I work at a small school and we have a modem and Netgear 3300 WiFi Router in the office. Some of the school is wired, some wireless. About 50 feet down the hall is a room with wired connection and I want to set up the network to reach a mobile home about 400 ft across the yard. There are some trees but I think there is a clear shot from a window. I bought an outdoors access point and the directions say attach to laptop end. I get recognition but a weak signal. How can I best boost that?

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#1
August 23, 2010 at 17:02:40
400 feet is a long way for wired or wireless. It's better to pay for a second connection from the ISP.

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#2
August 23, 2010 at 17:04:36
If the Access point allows it connect a hi-gain antenna or possibly a directional antenna.

Stuart


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#3
August 23, 2010 at 18:24:58
that may be option 2, but the resident has a fixed income and is a staff member at the school so I am hoping to extend the internet to their residence.

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#4
August 23, 2010 at 18:48:04
If it's a mobile home, can't they drive it closer?

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#5
August 24, 2010 at 04:19:39
ok, it's a non-mobile home. It's a house trailer set on a foundation and no wheels.
And even if it weren't theres no place they could put it where they would also have electricity, plumbing and phone.

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#6
August 24, 2010 at 05:34:24
At 400 fit away you options are limited. Wired cat5 is limited to 320 feet ( 100 meteres) without a repeater somewhere.

An enhanced antenna is really the only option you have.

Stuart


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#7
August 24, 2010 at 05:58:57
Paying for second connection is what's needed. I know you said there maybe a money problem but every time I'm told that, I hear that the people gamble in the casino.

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#8
August 24, 2010 at 10:47:23
I've seen some SDSL modems or something similar that will move data over a single pair thousands of feet. But, as others have said, I think a directional antenna is the best option. A second ISP account might be "the best option", but those monthly fees sure add up.

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#9
August 25, 2010 at 01:52:15
How does the mobile home get it's power and phone? Is there a mid point between that a switch can be placed and ethernet cable run?

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#10
October 24, 2010 at 16:19:34
I got a directional antenna. Will try that next.

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#11
November 8, 2010 at 12:25:41
ok, I got a unidirectional antennae. It goes at the computer end of the setup not the router end, right?

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