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Antenna to extend wifi range?

I want to buy or rent a small, powerful USB antenna (or other hardware) to extend a laptop's wifi range to 600+ feet (physically like this one, though I don't see an indication that one is powerful enough). [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jan 3, 2017 - 5 answers

Best outside OTA antenna for Boston Ma.

Looking to become a "cord cutter" and drop satellite TV from my monthly bills. I live in Boston and am looking for the best outdoor OTA I can mount on my house.
posted by BillyAnne on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Can you tell me what kind of connection this is? (BNC, RCA, coax)??

See the photo at the link below (the round connection that is over the white label): Link. What kind of connection is this and what kind of cable should I use? I need to connect a TV antenna (coax cable) to the TV input so I can watch TV on my projector. Thanks.
posted by locussst on Jan 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Explain TV Antennas to Me Like I'm Five

I need TV antenna advice tailored to my specific circumstances, and no amount of googling has helped beyond generalities. Yes, this is another cable cutting question. [more inside]
posted by ereshkigal45 on Sep 17, 2015 - 15 answers

AntennaFilter: What's this antenna for?

I came across this interesting looking (what I assume to be an) antenna in an otherwise empty lot. I'm curious to know what it might be used for and, as a bonus, why it needs to look like this as opposed to what I think of as more "typical" antenna shapes. [more inside]
posted by duoshao on Aug 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Catch that signal

iPhone reception (especially outdoors) in a very low-signal location: physical OR settings-level tricks to improve my chances? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Aug 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me spend some money

So, Easter Jeep Safari is coming up, and jeep released photos of the concept cars that will be there. [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt on Mar 19, 2015 - 3 answers

How well do dime-sized TV antennas (like the ones Aereo used) work?

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know why no one sells a dime-sized TV antenna like the kind Aereo used in its datacenters? Or does anyone know where I might buy some? Or.. how well they work? (I assume they work since plenty of people bought Aereo's service and were happy with it... until it got shut down.) [more inside]
posted by lostguy on Dec 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Helping Airport Extreme beat my personal faraday cage with extender?

My Airport Extreme (A1143 model) is having issues in our new house. It was built in the 50's so the floor has lots of metal in it due to the plastering of the ceiling below. We get wifi in part of the finished basement but no the whole thing, and even the "good" part drop pretty frequently. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Nov 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Indoor antenna recs for heavy traffic area

I have an indoor antenna that cuts out when cars drive by. I've seen glowing reviews for some antennas but they don't mention if they are located in areas that have heavy traffic. This post provided a little help but I am looking for specific recommendations. Thanks!
posted by shortstuff13 on Oct 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Aereo is no more. Help me create my own Mac-based replacement.

I do not own a TV and I don't have a cable subscription. I don't want to get either one of those things. I do, though, occasionally like to watch broadcast TV (or recordings of broadcast TV) on my MacBook Pro or iPad. Aereo was a great solution. Now that Aereo is gone how can I create an approximate replacement for use in my home? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Antenna Support Group

We've got a fancy new window antenna and so far are getting nothing but snow. I think we need to raise our game a level to finding a really good online discussion group with lots of people with lots of different televisions. [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Jul 5, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I record TV shows?

I have a TV hooked up to an antenna. I get all the network broadcast channels in HD. Sometimes, I would like to record some shows/sports that I'm not around to watch live. In way olden times I would buy a VCR, hook it up to my TV, set the timer, and everything would be hunky dory. But DVRs have me befuddled. Do you have a recommendation for a DVR without a subscription (what exactly are you subscribing to) that can work with an antenna? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on May 20, 2014 - 19 answers

My own little two-home wireless ISP

I would like to connect two homes that are about 150m apart in order to share an internet connection. Unless convinced otherwise the cheapest solution is likely a point-to-point wireless link at 2.4ghz (using directional antennas and tomatousb/ddwrt). I have line of sight but there are some trees in the way: is this feasible? Bonus: will cheap 14 dbi panel antennas be good enough with the trees?
posted by ennui.bz on Apr 29, 2014 - 11 answers

What kind of antenna do I need for this small stereo?

I have this stereo and I need a radio antenna for it. I'm not sure what precisely I should be looking for. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Feb 2, 2014 - 3 answers

Please help us watch TV on our TV

We have a TV but no cable subscription (we mostly watch content through Netflix or purchase on Xbox). We used to be able to watch the normal network channels with no problem -- Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC, and several PBS stations, along with some other stuff. We had both regular and HD channels. Now they're all gone and the only channels we can access are some jazz scheduling thing out of San Mateo, a bunch of radio channels, and NHK World (learning a lot about Japan!). I really miss PBS and wouldn't mind watching the Super Bowl. Please help. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Jan 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Most powerful broadcast TV antenna...

So I don't have cable. I just watch broadcast TV using an antenna. And that's just fine. But sometimes we get an annoying about of stutters and lost signal. It's annoying! So what's the best kind of HD digital antenna I can get to make sure I never lose signal when watching The View in the afternoons? I can't afford to miss even one syllable of the genius of Jenny McCarthy! [more inside]
posted by chasing on Jan 24, 2014 - 11 answers

We want to cut the cord, but our metal roof is crimping our style

Mr. Darling and I have been fantasizing about ditching cable and relying solely on over the air channels and streaming. We have the streaming, but our metal roof is apparently not compatible with successful antenna reception. We also probably can't mount the antenna on the roof because to receive the local stations, it would need to be mounted on the front of the house, which is unattractive and not what we want. So, how can we still get our local channels without enriching the local cable company? Should we cut back to basic cable? Is there some other way around this?
posted by tafetta, darling! on Sep 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Getting over the air stations in the middle of nowhere

We just moved to a new town where, apparently, over the air television signals cannot reach. When I input my address into AntennaWeb, I get this response: "No Stations were predicted for this address. Due to factors such as terrain and distance to broadcasting towers, signal strength calculations have predicted no television stations may be reliably received at this location." Without giving away my home address, I live in zip code 17837. I really would like to get OTA stations without purchasing cable or a satellite. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Aug 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Would this antenna thing actually work?

I was perusing an online deals site, when I happened upon this. I live less than a mile from my office, and my home DSL is much faster than my office DSL. This got me wondering: Could I install something like this at home and use my home DSL at work? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jun 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Improving reception of under-cabinet kitchen radio

I have a Sony ICF-CD543-RM kitchen radio/CD player that mounts under a cabinet. It has poor FM radio reception for stations that come in fine on other radios. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Jun 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Can I hack an antenna into our baby monitor?

Tired of the random 'Searching' beep throughout the night waking me up. Help me get some sleep? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on May 9, 2013 - 3 answers

How do antenna TV channels "work" now? How do I find & add new ones?

I've been cable-less for the past few years and have been using antennas with my HDTVs for TV reception and have been very content, except I really have no clue what I'm supposed to be doing. To wit: [more inside]
posted by Challahtronix on Mar 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Contacting the mothership

My new downstairs neighbor put something on the roof of our three family apartment that is causing horrible interference with all the electronics in my apartment. What is this thing? [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Mar 8, 2013 - 24 answers

Help me identify some infrastructure along the interstate in NV and UT.

Help me identify some sights I saw on a recent Nevada / Utah road trip (antennas, houses, earthworks). [more inside]
posted by circular on Aug 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Help TV me please: new TV, antenna, and old stereo?

What TV and digital antenna do I buy? Please drag me kicking and screaming into the semi-modern era of television viewing. I want to watch TV, not pay for cable and have the sound travel through my vintage stereo. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Apr 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Repurposing Comcast cable box

Can I use an old Comcast digital cable box as a digital converter box to connect an antenna to an old analog TV? If not, is there anything interesting I can do with it beyond ebay?
posted by pilibeen on Apr 19, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I improve my Clear internet reception?

Does my building have crazy windows? I'm struggling to get decent reception for Clear Internet even though I live TWO BLOCKS from Clear WiMAX towers. I opened my balcony door a moment ago and BAM! Awesome reception. This is crazy. What's going on and what can I do? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Apr 15, 2012 - 10 answers

HDTV antenna amplifier recommendation?

HDTV antenna amplifier recommendations? I live in an apartment in a downtown area and the TV reception is poor even with my antenna designed for fringe reception. My current antenna amplifier is a Winegard HD200 with forward gain of 24dB which definitely helps, but can you recommend an even more effective amplifier for O.T.A. reception in the U.S.? Sometime back there was a recommendation to hook two amplifiers in series but my experience doing that showed a decline in performance and I think the theory states that reflection of signal back toward the source can diminish any improvement, ie the gains of two amplifiers in line are not additive. If I can get the amplifier thru Amazon, that's a plus. Thanks.
posted by paphun123 on Jan 16, 2012 - 6 answers

We're Gonna have a TV Party Tonight...maybe

How do we get NBC/KNTV on our TV without cable in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Sep 27, 2011 - 23 answers

Unplug the VHF/UHF/AV Video Cable

How Do You Unplug the VHF/UHF/AV Video Cable? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Jun 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Audi filter: replace antenna

Audi filter: replace antenna [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Jun 1, 2011 - 3 answers

The cars are killing mah TV!

When cars drive by my house, it messes up my TV antenna signal and my Apple TV streaming. [more inside]
posted by elpea on Mar 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Snack Dome

What is the purpose of the dome on this vending machine? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Feb 4, 2011 - 6 answers

getting internet to a wifiless iPod touch

Can anyone provide guidance on how best to extend the useful life of an ipod touch (jailbroken, 2nd gen, 32gb) whose wifi antenna has ceased to function? Specifically, other than wifi, is there any alternative method of connecting the thing to the internet? [more inside]
posted by vcnt on Nov 21, 2010 - 1 answer

How to record digitally broadcast television

What's the best way to record antenna-based broadcast TV? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm on Nov 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Looking for that free tv

Going cable free and looking to choose the best ota tv antenna. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Oct 2, 2010 - 8 answers

SydneyDigitalTVFilter: how can I improve my reception?

SydneyDigitalTVFilter: how can I improve my reception? Will the consumer-grade antennae work? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Sep 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Erecting a small guyed radio tower?

I'm looking for online reference sites with guides for the erection of a small guyed radio tower. This is the type that might be used by a highly enthusiastic Ham radio operator in North America. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jul 6, 2010 - 1 answer

Looking for a good wireless network antenna

Wireless Network antenna: Anyone use one/can recommend one? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on May 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommendations for a good antenna.

Any suggestions for an antenna for my desktop wireless networking card? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 22, 2010 - 6 answers

How to combine TV signals?

How can I input both the cable TV signal and the broadcast TV signal to my digital TV? [more inside]
posted by TDIpod on Apr 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Getting poor signal in an internal mini PCI ATSC TV tuner

I recently bought an Avermedia a327 Mini PCI ATSC (DTV) tuner card which I put in my Dell Vostro 1500. I get horrible signal strength (unwatchable) through the built-in antennas. [more inside]
posted by lrodman on Feb 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Is there an indoor HD antenna that will work in NYC?

Any way to get HD signal with an antenna in Manhattan building? [more inside]
posted by zavulon on Jan 22, 2010 - 11 answers

How to use OEM XM Radio antenna

Where is the antenna hookup on a 2010 Toyota Corolla for an XM RADIO? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Jan 4, 2010 - 2 answers

The snowblower really is her second choice

My wife would love an iPhone for Christmas. She totally deserves one, too, but AT&T coverage at our house is nonexistent. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Nov 24, 2009 - 33 answers

100 meters in 10 feet or less?

DIY antenna for a crystal radio kit. Can I do this with less than 100 feet of wire? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Nov 12, 2009 - 5 answers

HD TV needs an antenna

We have an HD TV, but no cable subscription. antenna advice, please! [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Sep 4, 2009 - 15 answers

22-8 22-9

What's with these mysterious, over-the-air, digital television channels? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Jul 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Antenna Doo-dads

What should I put on my antenna? [more inside]
posted by nayrb5 on Jun 7, 2009 - 9 answers

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