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[*] posted on 2-6-2009 at 13:56
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.

[*] posted on 2-6-2009 at 03:17
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.

[*] posted on 30-5-2009 at 11:16
Originally posted by Faolan
Another option and arguably better is to use a signal booster.

Just one caveat with boosters, if you are streaming a lot of data over these, you can get timing drop outs etc...

For very long distances, I use ethernet over wireline and use another wireless access point in the other locations.


[*] posted on 30-5-2009 at 11:05
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.

[*] posted on 30-5-2009 at 10:50
Originally posted by EpheMeroN
Do any of you have any experience with using external wireless antennas?

Yes, I use some of the ones from solwise. Easy enough to install as long as you get the correct connector to match your router socket.

If you place the antenna a long way from the router make sure you use very, very good cable sice the attenuation loss in cheap cable ruins any potential gain of using a decent antenna.

Also consider if you want directional or unidirectional.


[*] posted on 29-5-2009 at 23:18
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).