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    Just being curious.

    let's say I want to put a 802.11 device in the carputer for sync with the house's network, what is the range to this wireless network?

    I would have to leave the car in the street, I do not have a garage at my appartment, and am not always able to park directly in front of the house.

    Would the 820.11 range a few hundreed feets for a standard access point?

    thanks.
    -Mars

  • #2
    I would try 802.11g ( I have had better luck getting it at longer ranges), but i would really recomend a little outside antenna off Ebay to gaurantee a pefect Sync)

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    • #3
      spec is 300ft, but that's assuming no interference from cordless phones, wireless video cameras, or microwaves. Metal, including house wiring, will also cause interference.

      Best bet is to get a good AP (linksys) and an external antenna for you car.
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      • #4
        just a note to those looking to increase their wifi range on their home network:

        Try putting a high powered omni antenna as high as possible (I have had one in the attic before) You can usually get them at http://fab-corp.com/ go about halfway down the omni antenna page and you will see a 9dbi antenna for $56.95. (that will increase your output power by 8x)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Toups
          just a note to those looking to increase their wifi range on their home network:

          Try putting a high powered omni antenna as high as possible (I have had one in the attic before) You can usually get them at http://fab-corp.com/ go about halfway down the omni antenna page and you will see a 9dbi antenna for $56.95. (that will increase your output power by 8x)
          Oh man, for a few bucks more get the 12 dBi Omni w/ 3 deg Down Tilt. Now your talkin distance.
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          • #6
            yes, but with that I would recommend placing the antenna above the roofline


            I also hope you have an open AP for your neighbors as your security would be compromised.

            Toups

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            • #7
              so with the proper equipment, I should be able to sync within about 2 corners of my appartment (and server/access point) ?

              is there any sync software that I should need?
              -Mars

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              • #8
                sync? The only thing this will give you is access to your home network.

                As far as a distance, you would need to calculate your EIRP, freespace distance loss and obsticle loss, then factor in your equipment sensitivity.

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                • #9
                  Also depends on what hardware you use. I could barely get a signal using a linksys usb adapter sitting infront of my building. The Avaya usb adapter i just got allowed me to play a mp3 off the network as i drove down the drive from my building .
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