Consensual internet hijackery.
July 21, 2011 10:10 AM Subscribe
Wireless network question! This one's pretty specific to my living circumstances, since what I want to do is share the network in a house across a courtyard from mine.
posted by dorothy humbird to computers & internet (11 answers total)
I'm moving into a new place, and want to share the wireless network that my boyfriend and his roommate have set up in their apartment. We live in an area that's mostly rowhouses, but my building is a detached two-story house that essentially sits in his backyard, except instead of a yard it's just concrete and some potted plants. I'd estimate the distance between our houses to be less than 50 feet. The construction of his house appears to be brick, and mine is (guessing) wood frame with siding. My computer is set up on the 2nd floor, and his modem and router are on the 2nd floor of his house as well.
Currently, my wireless card is picking up a bunch of other network signals, but not really his. It's confusing to me because the other houses around aren't much closer, if at all. As a fairly new Windows 7 user, I'm not sure how to fiddle with the settings to get as many networks to show up on the list as possible. When I search for networks, there's an initial list that pops up for a split second, and his network is on that list -- but then it disappears when the list condenses.
So I guess my questions are...
1) Is the ephemeral appearance of his network on my availables list most likely due to a weak signal, or something else?
2) How likely is it that simply investing in a wireless N router will bump up the range enough to give me access across two domicile barriers? I am aware of the existence of repeaters and access points, but don't fully understand their usage.
3) Do you have any other suggestions for achieving this goal...?
Thanks in advance for your help!