Hooked up the new antenna and not any better signal

Dell / Dimension xpsgen5...
February 22, 2013 at 19:41:38
Specs: Windows XP, 2.53GHz/768 RAM
How do I get a stronger signal with my new antenna? I want to send a wifi signal out to a building that is about 420 ft away. I am using a modem provided from my phone carrier. I added a Hawking 150N router 802.11b/g/n with 3dBi removable antennas. I removed one antenna and added a directional 14dBi wifi antenna with 10ft cable and placed in my attic. My signal is no stronger. What can I be missing? Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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February 22, 2013 at 19:57:01
420 feet is a long way for Wi-fi even with a directional antenna.

How did you align this antennae?

If it a dish or a Yagi?

In both case they need to be aligned fairly precisely to get the maximum benefit. Just pointing them in the general direction wont be good enough.

You would get better performance if you had directional antennas at both ends.


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February 22, 2013 at 20:41:12
The antenna looks like a box, about 12"x12" and about 2" thick and I'm aiming it in the direction of the building that I want wifi signal to reach.

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February 23, 2013 at 06:01:30
Putting a high power antenna at one end of the chain is pointless since the client systems at the other end would be able to receive the stronger signal but not transmit back to enable the connection. You need direct clear line of sight and directional antennas at both ends.

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February 23, 2013 at 07:13:17
It is not absolutely essential to have a directional antenna at both ends, although it does help.

A directional antennae with concentrate the transmitted signal in a particular directions, but it will all so be better at reviving a much weaker signal from the same direction than an omni directional antenna.

That can be seen with TV antennas which are receive only. They are directional but very few TV transmitters use direction antennas.

Aa I said before, you need to align the antenna precisely and usually that is a two man job where one adjust the antenna and the other reads of the signal strength. If you can get your hands on a signal strength meter you can use that to align the antenna precisely and then bolt it into place,


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February 26, 2013 at 16:38:22
1st of all, thank you guys for your suggestions, I'm going to try the signal strength again to see what I get. 2nd, would it do any good to have a USB antenna hooked up to a laptop in the other building to receive the signal input?

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February 27, 2013 at 07:20:15
Having two directional antennas, one at each end, would work nicely to provide a strong wireless signal to the distant computer. I would however use a SOHO router at the far end to attach the second antenna to, not your laptop. This way, should you require it, you could extend the network to that location and have more than just the one computer connecting to the network. A SOHO router that has 4 LAN ports and is wireless capable would allow you to connect multiple clients either wired, or wirelessly.

I've had good luck with EnGenius brand equipment. It's mid-grade, not too expensive, easy enough to use if you're reasonably computer literate and I'm sure you could find something that would bridge a distance of 420 feet.

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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