router than can make it outside for decent range

  • Apparition

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    Aug 01, 2015 7:27 AM GMT
    I need my router to have a range that makes it outside to the sidewalk.

    Ive been looking at this one

    ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router

    I am more concerned with getting to where I need it rather than being uber fast in the house, I have a lot of dead spots, but I need it to show up in the list of connections outside for a geocache i am making.

    anyone else got something with good router wireless penetration? This one is a lot already though. pricewise.

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    Aug 01, 2015 10:33 PM GMT
    re locate your old router near a front window

    get a 2nd inexpensive craigslist router, put it on a different channel than the existing. in a plastic bag hang it out the window.

    done
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    Aug 02, 2015 4:09 AM GMT
    How many feet?

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    Aug 02, 2015 4:21 AM GMT
    Get a wifi range extender.
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    Aug 02, 2015 5:02 AM GMT
    I'd look at the Netgear Nighthawk series of routers.
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    Aug 02, 2015 6:34 AM GMT
    desertmuscl saidHow many feet?

    I have two. How many do you have? icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 02, 2015 5:51 PM GMT
    TomSOCAL said
    Apparition saidI need my router to have a range that makes it outside to the sidewalk.

    Ive been looking at this one

    ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router

    I am more concerned with getting to where I need it rather than being uber fast in the house, I have a lot of dead spots, but I need it to show up in the list of connections outside for a geocache i am making.

    anyone else got something with good router wireless penetration? This one is a lot already though. pricewise.


    Do you have any dimensions for the project, it would not only be the number of feet, but also the elevation change i.e. going uphill, downhill, and any obstacles such as buildings, cars, windows, and possibly trees that are close together.....


    Mostly signal attenuation is based on distance and obstructions in the signal path. Wood and sheetrock will cause some attenuation while large metal objects can cause complete signal loss. Up-hill, down hill won't matter unless the hill is in the way. Most router antennas are simple dipoles that are not really too directional.



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    Aug 02, 2015 6:26 PM GMT
    Lots of good technical advice here, better than I can give (nor mostly even understand). But here's some real-world practical issues I've encountered.

    Placing the router near an outside window was already mentioned. Can be good advice, if the window is plain glass. Here we just had new windows installed with UV sun protection, and they block signals, I presume due to some metallic content in the glass. I can even have trouble with my cell signal, and sometimes will open the window to improve reception, or sit outside on the patio.

    Your house structure and insulation can be a factor. Homes once used reflective foil sheets in the walls for temperature insulating purposes. Does your house have aluminum siding?

    Many newer condos and apartment buildings have metal framing and support beams, rather than wood. A router placed near an outside wall containing a metal beam may be partially blocked. And safety code requirements for fire walls between adjoining units may result in more metal in the walls, masking a router's output on that side of the dwelling.

    Therefore, try to find a router location close to a "clean" (signal transparent) outside wall or window, possibly in a porch or breezeway, with minimal structure. Your router and any auxiliary antenna need a straight line-of-sight to whatever outside areas you want to cover.

    Last, make sure you use full security code protection. If your WiFi is going outside anyone can access it. Poaching your signal will not only slow down your own usage, but may have legal and personal security consequences.

    I don't know how it is in Canada, but in the US some people have faced entanglements when illegal online activities, like kiddie porn, were traced to them because the real perpetrators were stealing their WiFi. The other major risk is hacking of your computer and data theft.
  • Apparition

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    Aug 03, 2015 1:08 AM GMT
    I can get almost everyone on the block's router at home and in my driveway i cant even get my own. The hospital at the end of the street has 3 signals at full strength. I just need to get to the sidewalk about a truck length.

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    Aug 03, 2015 2:57 AM GMT
    Do you hang out on the sidewalk often?
  • Apparition

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    Aug 03, 2015 4:16 AM GMT
    xrichx saidDo you hang out on the sidewalk often?


    I need it for a geocache concept, they need to be able to read the wifi name to get the clue to the next stage. But it would be nice to have it reach the neighbours pool too.
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    Aug 04, 2015 5:10 AM GMT
    All of the Apple-branded routers can be linked to expand a WAN. e.g. I have an "airport express" out in my steel shop building, connected through ethernet, to get WiFi out there. There are lots of "WiFi boosters" available in boating catalogs, but they are more for, like, stealing someone else's WiFi from five miles offshore. icon_redface.gif