- From: "Mike Easter" <MikeE@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 23:47:39 -0800
A friend of mine has a lake 'cottage' which is a manufactured/mobile home
on pontoons at a compound with a clubhouse, RV park, marina, campgrounds,
etc. The houseboat is some 75 meters from the facility clubhouse which is
equipped with fiberoptic access to the internet and some kind of wifi
router and antenna signal distribution of unknown type.
Inside his houseboat.he has problems with weak signal and poor thru'put to
his Dell laptop LT. He does OK when he's at the clubhouse with it and
others do OK in their similar hosueboats with their various LTs such as
Macs. I don't know the modelno of his Dell, but it doesn't have any kind
of external antenna connector for its builtin wireless.
I've had good luck around my house with cheap Airlink devices which I've
bought on sale at Fry's, and I am currently using an (Airlink) AP421W
ethernet wired to my AR325W router to extend my LAN's wireless range to a
roller unit with two KVMed computers which are using wireless PCI cards.
So, I recently bought a AP431W which was on sale at Fry's to give/help him
with his problem by using it as a repeater, but I think I want to enhance
it before traveling to visit him there on the lake to help him install and
My idea is to get a longer/taller omni antenna to replace its 4" and to
enhance that with a reflector which is aimed at the clubhouse signal
source. Here's a picture^1 of a simple reflector which has been slipped
onto a taller omni antenna than the one which comes with the AP431W. I'm
looking for a source for such a reflector which hopefully comes complete
with taller antenna replacement. I'm also looking for any input here
about ideas to contradict or support my notion for the AP431W as a
repeater. This Airlink gizmo only cost $18 on sale.
The reason I'm trying to go with a repeater rather than something
unidirectional is because he wants to be able to use the LT wirelessly
from one end to the other of the houseboat, including its decks front and
rear. By using an omni which is reflector enhanced toward the clubhouse
to acquire the signal, that same omni can transmit radiate thru-out the
houseboat with the same antenna with the directional reflector.
Earlier I had considered him ordering a Hawking [HWU8DD] Hi-Gain USB
Wireless-G Dish Adapter -- but as I envisioned how he was using the LT, I
saw some limitations of that idea.
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