Do any of you have any experience with using external wireless antennas?
I want to replace the crummy one that came stock with my new FiOS router and attach an amplified bi-directional antenna to the outside of my room's wall in hopes of boosting the signal clear across the house.
As of right now the signal BARELY gets to my kitchen which is appx. 80 feet from my room (where the router is).
Another option and arguably better is to use a signal booster. I had to install one yesterday in a old granite house that signal could barely be seen beyond 10ft in any direction. I put the booster in the downstairs hall near the roof and they've got a good signal in most of the rooms upstairs.
I can't use a signal booster or any type of external router/ap with this current router.
We switched ISPs here where we live to Verizon FiOS. They give you a specific router w/ wifi built-in. The television on-demand and many other tv-related features are routed through the router the tech told us, and if we try to add/replace it with a separate wireless router we will lose a lot of functionality.
With that being said, it seems adding a new antenna was the only option we had here.
I definitely want it bi-directional and not omni-directional because the room where the router is at is at the far right end/corner of the house, and 1/2 the side of the room is a window. I wouldn't want my signal being thrown perfectly into the house next to me. I want it to be pushed through my house. My goal is to have it reach my kitchen which is appx. 80-90 feet away.
You could just try plugging another router into the existing one. Remember, a router is not a modem, although many DSL modems have router
capabilities, you should be able to use the existing modem to achieve the ISP requirements and then distribute it as you like. (sorta like using piggy
backed double adaptors on a power point).
This is very simplistic, so, please, no flak from you Simon or SF.