Extending the tubes one cabin at a time
August 10, 2006 4:10 PM Subscribe
Looking for some tips on how to extend a wireless network in a rural area. Computer savvy but getting lost in the technicalities of repeaters and access points and tin cans.
posted by Smegoid to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
I'm from a metropolitain city but am now living in rural NH while attending gradschool. Gone from dozens of overlapping wireless networks to being too far from the pole to recieve cable high speed! I have some friends who live about 150-200 feet away who could recieved high speed cable if they wanted.
I have a Linksys WRT54G, not sure if it can be flashed with thirdparty firmware (they stopped that "feature" right?). I'm hopping to propose to my friends that I'll pay for their broadband access if they let me somehow beam their signal to my cabin.
I've spent the last 2 hours trying to figure out what's needed. Firstly they'll need a wireless router attached to the cable modem, then... A directional cantenna pointed at my cabin? The line of sight isn't very good. There's another cabin in between us and a few trees as well. If I bring the middle cabin in on this, and setup a repeater and another cantenna could I possibly get in buisness?
Assuming I can get that signal into my cabin, how do I go about getting my WRT54G router to distribute it to my 3 computers? And would I still get decent speed at that distance?
Any other ideas (roof antennas? Bending the signal around the middle cabin and back to me?)