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    Omni and Directional together

    Hi All,

    Been reading way too much and getting nowhere, time to turn to the experts.

    I have set up a wireless network with broadband at my bro's house, all works fine.

    I want to set a wireless network at my house and link it to my bro's where the broadband is, about a 1/3 mile away.

    I was thinking of doing it this way:

    Brothers house
    Antenna splitter connected to router
    High Gain omni (to distribute round house and garage)
    Directional on roof (for sending to my house)

    My House
    Same setup for same reasons

    I know there is a gain loss with the splitter which is why I went for the high gain omni at both ends to compensate for it.

    I know there *may* be signal interference, see Q2

    Questions:
    Will it actually work?
    How high will the range extend for the omni, will it reach the roof and interfere with the directional?
    Is there a better way of doing it?

    Help needed and appreciated on this one as if I see another website telling me how to build a bloody pringles tin antenna i'll scream.

    Cheers
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    I don't see why it wouldn't work ... just a thought though ... you may want to try to find a wireless router with two antenna hook-ups, then you would avoid the gain-loss of splitting the antenna feed. As far as making your own antennas, there are tons of ways to do it ... pringles cans, coffee cans, old DirecTV antennas (up to 5 miles range!) and so on. Good Luck!

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    @sygad

    Are you based in UK? If so I've just used a really good compnay to get my kit, and they were really helpful on phone, will tell you exactly what you can do and what you need to do it.

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    When you say splitter, are you talking about a bonafide networking antenna splitter (active, and all that good stuff)? I know somewhere I read that if you just use a common cable splitter you end up getting something like cross talk.

    Instead of getting a splitter, get the router with two antennas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiltjim
    Instead of getting a splitter, get the router with two antennas.
    Lots of the two-router antennas use only one antenna for both transmit and receive, the other antenna is a receive-only antenna.

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    yes i am based in the northwest of england do you have the company name who sorted you out, preferably a number.

    Can't get a router with 2 antennas as I just bought a netgear one with all netgear cards, and I aint tryin to mix and match manufacturers as I tried that one already and it didn't work, ie the cheapo Q-Tec card on ebay, 20 wasted.

    Yes I probably will use a dedicated splitter but can you elaborate on the active variety

    cheers
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    These guys were really helpful to me. Give them a bell and ask for a guy called Ben Wilson and he'll talk you through what you need. Very quick delivery.

    http://www.wirelesspro.co.uk/store/catalog/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Change
    Lots of the two-router antennas use only one antenna for both transmit and receive, the other antenna is a receive-only antenna.
    Did not know that. That would make the two antenna routers useless for this.
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    Er, yes, two-antenna routers is what I meant

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    Most of those 2 antenna routers have one antenna for receiving, and one for transmitting...
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