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    me@privacy.net
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    Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    Does a repeater exist for wifi?

    A device that one could mount up high that receives a
    signal, amplifies it, and rebroadcasts it?

  2. #2
    Peter Pan
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > Does a repeater exist for wifi?
    >
    > A device that one could mount up high that receives a
    > signal, amplifies it, and rebroadcasts it?


    Repeater not exactly by that name, however there are some that can broadcast
    whatever it is fed ( see
    http://www.cellantenna.com/repeater/...anwireless.htm ) I have one
    up on the garage roof and cabled to a router

    There are several consumer grade repeaters out there, and i'm guessing thats
    what your asking about, but unfortunately they switch between transmit and
    receive (quickly) and cut your thruput in half, so to keep up speed you may
    want to look at other things/plan B (that's why I went with the thing above,
    I have wired where feasible, and wireless where not, gives me lots of
    flexibilty and the best of both :)



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    me@privacy.net
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:

    > I have one
    >up on the garage roof and cabled to a router


    How is it working out for you?

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    Lance
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    me@privacy.net wrote the following on 3/18/2008 12:33:
    > Does a repeater exist for wifi?
    >
    > A device that one could mount up high that receives a
    > signal, amplifies it, and rebroadcasts it?


    I run a WAP54G in "repeater mode" to get good coverage on the second
    floor of my home. The main router is a Linksys WRT54GS. The WAP54G will
    only work in repeater mode with another Linksys router - maybe only the
    WRT54 series.

    This arrangement is about 4-5 years old and runs 24/7. About 3-4 times a
    year some weird unknown thing happens and I'll have to reboot everything
    to re-establish network connectivity.

    They're located about 50 ft apart. Measured file transfer speed (big
    file and stopwatch method) from 2nd floor to router to wired computer is
    roughly 2 Mbit/sec. This speed wouldn't make me happy, but the rest of
    the family is satisfied.

    Lance
    *****

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    Peter Pan
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:
    >
    >> I have one
    >> up on the garage roof and cabled to a router

    >
    > How is it working out for you?


    Adequately, I live on 10 acres in northern idaho, and cept in the months
    when there is a lot of foliage that blocks the signal, works okay on my
    laptop and pda, (outside dsl and cable areas, so I have sat internet tied
    into my home network)... unfortunately it works best in the winter, cept
    there was over 3 feet of snow on the ground, so It was a bit too cold
    out/hard to walk around.....

    As an aside, that was the cheaper consumer way, (now) in the area (spokane
    washington) Skynet of spokane (http://www.spokaneskynet.com/) has a several
    hundred square mile hotspot, with commercial grade repeaters on the
    mountains in the area (last count, 20.... they spent lots of bucks, but it's
    really cool)

    Where do you live at? There are several other commercial nets already
    available, you may want to check online to see if there is already one in
    your area.....



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    DTC
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > Does a repeater exist for wifi?
    >
    > A device that one could mount up high that receives a
    > signal, amplifies it, and rebroadcasts it?


    What kind of sped do you want? How far the distance? How much money
    do you want to spend?

    When we go horseback riding and camping in the grasslands, I set up a
    mast on my truck and pipe my 10 Meg DSL signal ten miles from town down
    into the valleys to my laptops and still have a 10 Meg endpoint
    connection.

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    me@privacy.net
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:

    >Where do you live at? There are several other commercial nets already
    >available, you may want to check online to see if there is already one in
    >your area.....


    Hannibal Missouri

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    Peter Pan
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:
    >
    >> Where do you live at? There are several other commercial nets already
    >> available, you may want to check online to see if there is already
    >> one in your area.....

    >
    > Hannibal Missouri


    Check http://www.onelasvegas.com/wireless and click on the state and follow
    the links... does show a red dot for Hannibal, but have no idea if you can
    get it.....



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    Peter Pan
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    Peter Pan wrote:
    > me@privacy.net wrote:
    >> "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Where do you live at? There are several other commercial nets
    >>> already available, you may want to check online to see if there is
    >>> already one in your area.....

    >>
    >> Hannibal Missouri

    >
    > Check http://www.onelasvegas.com/wireless and click on the state and
    > follow the links... does show a red dot for Hannibal, but have no
    > idea if you can get it.....


    Forgot, have wireless on your 'puter already? If so, you may want to fire up
    the free program netstumbler (download it at http://www.netstumbler.com/ )

    IMO looking at maps/dots/shaded areas etc, doesn't mean as much as actually
    trying something to see if it works, and if there is a signal where you have
    your machne... Did I menton it is free? :)



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    me@privacy.net
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:

    >IMO looking at maps/dots/shaded areas etc, doesn't mean as much as actually
    >trying something to see if it works, and if there is a signal where you have
    >your machne... Did I menton it is free? :)


    What exactly is a 'commercial net" for WIFI?

    What is in it for them to broadcast free wifi signals?

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    Peter Pan
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:
    >
    >> IMO looking at maps/dots/shaded areas etc, doesn't mean as much as
    >> actually trying something to see if it works, and if there is a
    >> signal where you have your machne... Did I menton it is free? :)

    >
    > What exactly is a 'commercial net" for WIFI?
    >
    > What is in it for them to broadcast free wifi signals?


    Commercial nets aren't always free (usually a subscription).... However that
    link/map shows both free and paid/commercial stuff... Since nobody can
    acurrately predict exactly what will be received at a specific locaton, why
    not try and see if you can get a free one (if available)



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    me@privacy.net
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:

    >Commercial nets aren't always free (usually a subscription).... However that
    >link/map shows both free and paid/commercial stuff... Since nobody can
    >acurrately predict exactly what will be received at a specific locaton, why
    >not try and see if you can get a free one (if available)


    Well I Am picking up some kind of wifi connection....
    but how can I tell if it's a commercial free one?

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    Peter Pan
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:
    >
    >> Commercial nets aren't always free (usually a subscription)....
    >> However that link/map shows both free and paid/commercial stuff...
    >> Since nobody can acurrately predict exactly what will be received at
    >> a specific locaton, why not try and see if you can get a free one
    >> (if available)

    >
    > Well I Am picking up some kind of wifi connection....
    > but how can I tell if it's a commercial free one?


    Try using it? I have wifi in the laptop, and a PDA with wifi, so it's pretty
    easy to try... Unfortunately I am finding a bunch of supposed "free"
    systems, that have splash screens and beg for money once you connect (they
    must be free to connect so they can charge), another oddity, I've run across
    some that show locked/closed (i use netstumbler/ministumbler get em free at
    http://www.netstumbler.com/ ) but you can use em free once you get
    authorized/added to the okay list....

    If you already have a puter and wifi card/connection (as evidenced by what
    you wrote above), worth a shot at trying netstumbler (hey it's free, so what
    the heck, mayb it will work with your wifi stuff) and see what it says.....
    (mine shows a picture of a lock, and either it is open or closed, as for
    logon, usually you have to connect and see what it says)



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    me@privacy.net
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    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:

    >Try using it? I have wifi in the laptop, and a PDA


    Ok.... thanks....

    I hate to be so dumb abt this..... but I am using the
    connection.... I just don't want to be using someone
    unsecured PRIVATE connection that's all.

    Its just that I can't tell if this is the free
    commercial on in the map/info you gave me.

    Again....I just don't want to be horning in on someone
    private paid for connection.... unless maybe they have
    it open just so that others CAN use.... out of goodness
    of their heart or something.

    I guess my bottom line question is..... how can I
    contact or find out of this connection is available to
    anyone free?

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    Peter Pan
    Guest

    Re: Does a wifi "repeater" exist?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.info> wrote:
    >
    >> Try using it? I have wifi in the laptop, and a PDA

    >
    > Ok.... thanks....
    >
    > I hate to be so dumb abt this..... but I am using the
    > connection.... I just don't want to be using someone
    > unsecured PRIVATE connection that's all.
    >
    > Its just that I can't tell if this is the free
    > commercial on in the map/info you gave me.
    >
    > Again....I just don't want to be horning in on someone
    > private paid for connection.... unless maybe they have
    > it open just so that others CAN use.... out of goodness
    > of their heart or something.
    >
    > I guess my bottom line question is..... how can I
    > contact or find out of this connection is available to
    > anyone free?



    No way of telling....But there are some progs out there that may help you
    find the source (it's easier with my PDA, I just walk around and see if the
    signal level goes up or down) Try some of the free ones at
    http://www.download.com/ and see what you can find to get the general
    direction to walk in.....



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