Solved Having problems extending signal range of WiFi network

February 8, 2013 at 13:29:13
Specs: Windows XP
Hello... I need HELP.... not sure I'm in the right place.. but I need help sending WiFi signal about 1/4 mile from my home to where my daughter lives so she can use her Samsung Galaxy2 Tablet on WiFi.... There are homes, condos and trees in between us, so it is not a clear path...

So far this is what I have done.... I am using a modem and a Netgear WNR834B Wireless N Router...
I connected a Hawkins Laptop Extender (HWREN Wireless 150N Mini Extender * single antenna outlet) into the router and connected a WiFi cable from the Hawkins to my tower outside above my roof and have attached a 10 dbi gain Trendnet antenna (omnidirectional) to the cable...

But still the WiFi signal doesn't seem to be very strong at all when I test with my phone... and obviously, my daughters tablet does not see my router when she has her tablet search for WiFi...
I also tried a 14dbi WIfi ASUS directional antenna and basically came up with the same outcome... she could not see the WiFi signal..

My daughter lives in a condo and is not capable or allowed to install any outside antenna system whatsoever

I'm wondering if installing a 2 watt WiFi signal amplifier on my end would be of any help ??
This is the amp I was thinking about
((2.5W 150mbps+5dbi antenna 2.4G wifi booster/,802.11b/g/n booster,AP booster repeater,Wireless Range repeaper broadband amplifier))

Or do I have any hope at all of accomplishing this project ???

Thank you for any advice you can offer,

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February 8, 2013 at 14:22:03
I would first check the legality of installing a 2.5 W signal amplifier. It certainly would be illegal in the UK and I think the FCC in America may have something to say about it.


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February 8, 2013 at 21:21:23
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Since wifi communication is a 2 way street, installing a (possibly illegal) high power amplifier at your transmitter may enable the signal to be detected through all the intervening obstacles and over the distance mentioned, but since your daughter's notepad does not also have a high power transmitter it would still be unable to communicate back to your base. Afraid your daughter will have to work within the rules of the condo and get her own DSL or cable connection. or if there isn't a landline connection in the unit then go 3G. of course $$$ can be a factor so see what options are available. Having your daughter visit 24/7 to use your internet might be a good/bad thing.

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