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HANKMARS

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Is there an off the shelf product that will boost or improve my wifi reception? I currently use a Netgear E-6000 dongle.
 

kellys_eye

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Lots - just Google those words and see what I mean.

I have a wi-fi booster but you can also re-use an old wi-fi router to achieve the same result as many Youtube videos will show. Note, you are boosting the wi-fi sender, NOT improving the wi-fi reception sensitivity.

But before you go that route have you tried relocating the existing router as many range issues are fixed by simply putting the device in a better place.
 

danadak

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Parabolic antennas work well to boost receive performance.

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I have used them in links > 2 miles, at eevblog I think they did some testing out to 5 - 10 miles.


Regards, Dana.
 

Sunnysky

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Is there an off the shelf product that will boost or improve my wifi reception? I currently use a Netgear E-6000 dongle.
I use a 1m USB cable to extend the dongle like an antenna to avoid or aim for a stronger signal of at least 3 bars or 54 Mbps on Wifi. If that is not possible then I use teamviewer to see the remote computer RSSI signal in dBm or WiFi Speed and tune the router antenna for best reception. Sometimes it just takes pulling it away from the floor or wall or a slight rotation or re-cabling to make it more central.

Here my house has 3 levels so I put a Netgear high power Wifi Router in a more central location in the basement with a wired connection to extend the main modem wifi which is in a house corner to extend connectivity on a different subnet like 192.168.x.1 and change x. This also improves range outside in the driveway and back yard.
 

HANKMARS

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Lots - just Google those words and see what I mean.

I have a wi-fi booster but you can also re-use an old wi-fi router to achieve the same result as many Youtube videos will show. Note, you are boosting the wi-fi sender, NOT improving the wi-fi reception sensitivity.

But before you go that route have you tried relocating the existing router as many range issues are fixed by simply putting the device in a better place.
100% agree about placement. I have little if no say as to physical placement of router. Landlady's place across driveway. I do possess a discarded router that was working when uninstalled. Hmm.
 

HANKMARS

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I use a 1m USB cable to extend the dongle like an antenna to avoid or aim for a stronger signal of at least 3 bars or 54 Mbps on Wifi. If that is not possible then I use teamviewer to see the remote computer RSSI signal in dBm or WiFi Speed and tune the router antenna for best reception. Sometimes it just takes pulling it away from the floor or wall or a slight rotation or re-cabling to make it more central.

Here my house has 3 levels so I put a Netgear high power Wifi Router in a more central location in the basement with a wired connection to extend the main modem wifi which is in a house corner to extend connectivity on a different subnet like 192.168.x.1 and change x. This also improves range outside in the driveway and back yard.
I have 10 foot extension so as to dangle my dongle outside of my travel trailer. I find it necessary to shield dongle from direct sunlight to maintain at least minimal performance.
 

HANKMARS

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Parabolic antennas work well to boost receive performance.

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I have used them in links > 2 miles, at eevblog I think they did some testing out to 5 - 10 miles.


Regards, Dana.
HOLY BAJEEBERS ANT MAN! You putting my on? That sounds stupendous. I watched video on directional homemade antennas but their angle of range was acutely narrow, tho significant boost to tran/rece capability.
 
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