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    Help make a LAN (err WAN)

    I'm moving out of my house. I'm moving about a mile away (a mile as the crow flies.)

    Instead of shelling out $42 a month for local broadband, I figure why not just extend my parents network (err their $42 a month) to my new appartment?

    If I were to mount some high-gain, directional entennas on the roofs (which I am able to do) I would be skimming the tree tops.

    Is it doable with off the shelf parts? Or should I look forward to my own $42 a month?

    I figure directional would be most efficient, but I certainly wouldn't mind flooding 1/2 my town with 802.11... cloked, WEP and MAC locked, but it would me use my carputer near my house, which is fun. Thoughts??
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    It may be doable with some homemade or even store bought antenna's. Do a google for Wi-Fi antenna's, you should find a lot of info.

    Here's a start
    http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html

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    Lots of gizmos here

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    poor man's wifi antenna http://www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/

    this is a link i stumbled across
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    I have installed 3 mile WiFi antenna's for a customer they were using it for about a mile and it worked pretty good, very picky about line of sight though. but they antenna's were very expensive I would see if you can build your own.

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    I remember people using an old primestar antenna and a tin can to send and recieve a signal. It's probably in one of the links above, but thought I'd chime in.


    actually why waste you money when you can use cookware people sure are creative. Or even a pringles can

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    I just dont know. It seems like the trees will be a big problem... as they scatter wifi like it's their job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBFoxbat
    I just dont know. It seems like the trees will be a big problem... as they scatter wifi like it's their job.
    lol!


    well one mile is very doable.
    i read an article about a guy who was able to go 10 miles he bounced the signal off a mountain where he put in a repeater.

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    Per slashdot... 55.1 mile wifi, unamplified (except the parabolas of coarse) using 2 old 8 foot dishes. http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,...w=wn_tophead_2

    As a side note, I've used the cantenna (the one sold to be similar to the pringles can) and it sucked. The pringles can is acutally a yagi being focused by the can, the cantenna is just a dipole being focused by the can so stay away from the cantenna people. Also, at work here, we have a 6 mile 2.4 ghz connection using two 24dbi flat panel dishes (VERY expensive) and they work great, but are very picky about alignment. Just keep in mind that as the gain goes up, the tolerence for mis-alignment of the two "dishes" goes down. Good luck!
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