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    Can This Method Extend my Wireless Adapter Range

    Hi my friend has this antennae on his house just there not doing anything cause he is moving out soon....The attennae is really from his old ISP.I wanted to try an experiment using one of my wireless adapters.I wanted to find out from you guys if it would be possible to attach my wireless adapter to the the focal point of this antennae hoping to extend the wireless range of the signals from my wireless device....Please let me know if this can be achieved...
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    No.
    That's a satellite dish and won't do anything for your wifi adapter.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Ever heard of a Cantenna? I've never used one myself, but some people say they work pretty well.

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    It's a reflector dish for a motorola canopy radio. It's meant to highly focus the wavebeam coming from/going to the access point in a point-to-point or point-to-multi-point link. If you are using an omni antenna (360 degrees) then it won't do you any good at all (would probably cause you more issues with signal). This dish is meant to be used with the Canopy radios only with their directionalized anntenas, so no it probably won't do you any good at all to extend your wireless signal.

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    You can add a directional wifi antenna at the feedpoint, and it will work.

    However, to get a good connection, you'll need one on the other side of the link. You're not going to connect to the Starbucks down the block with one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    No.
    That's a satellite dish and won't do anything for your wifi adapter.
    Do some research.

    Actually thats a Motorola Canopy thats attached to a reflector dish. If that is a 2.4ghz canopy than it would stand to reason it's a 2.4 reflector aswell. I doubt you would be able to get it to work right but that could in theory work.

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    well my research on it I see that it is operating on the 5.7ghz frequencies....

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    First, a wireless connection is a two way signal. That antenna will help you receive but will scatter the signal when you transmit.

    IF you control the transmission point, you can use a yagi antenna which can be built out of a Pringles potato chip can and will yield you a several mile range.

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    whats the average distance you can pretty much get with a wifi antenna? Do not include line of site and such, just looking for a ballpark because my internet provider offers free wifi to its customers. Basically my whole area is wired up. Fo to www.optonline.net and look at the wifi. pretty kewl what they are doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diggla View Post
    whats the average distance you can pretty much get with a wifi antenna? Do not include line of site and such, just looking for a ballpark because my internet provider offers free wifi to its customers. Basically my whole area is wired up. Fo to www.optonline.net and look at the wifi. pretty kewl what they are doing.
    There's no single answer to that. It all depends on a lot of things. Your environment, obstructions, radio power, rf line of sight back to the transmitter. I've had wifi not make it to the next room, I've also shot a wifi link 15 miles. It all depends on the equipment, and how much money you're willing to spend. Give them a call, they'll come out and do a site survey to see if it's possible at your location.
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