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Old 12-16-2006, 10:19 AM   #15
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Remember when we were kids making a telephone out of two tin cans connected by a waxed string. Well, the tin can can help boost wifi signals too. You could construct your own from instructions that you can find on the web by googling "wifi antenna" for example. Or, more simply, buy one ready-made from WiFi Antennas-Super Cantenna Wireless Booster Antenna.
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:27 AM   #16
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I had seen that at comp usa.It looked really simple but I only looked at on the shelf briefly and then went elsewhere.
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Old 12-16-2006, 01:59 PM   #17
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You pretty much have to have clear line of sight for 2.4 Ghz 802.11 B/G to work half way decent. External antennas work great and can help a lot. But you have to have signal to start with. Hooking up to someones WiFi at their house a half mile away would be almost impossible, unless they had an extenal antenna mounted outside their house, with a gain antenna that had line of sight to your location.

As far as "Air Cards" go, the major players with EVDO service are Sprint, Verizon and Alltel. Cingular and T-Mobile's offerings are not as high speed as the other three. EVDO is 1.5 MB service, but is available in SOME metro areas at this time. Works almost as good as DSL. When you are out of EVDO service it reverts to 1XRTT, which is roughly 128KBS. 1XRTT is not too good for websurfing, but "OK" for email. By the end of 2007, Sprint is supposed to upgrade ALL towers to Rev. A EVDO which boasts 3.0 mb burst speeds. That means everywhere there is Sprint service there will be 3.0 MB data available!
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Fortunantly one of them only lives right outside the gate and that hopefully wont be to hard to reach.He is only a few hundred feet from me.Also there are some other shops around that give free wifi to everyone.I am also hoping it can pic up the public wifi also in case I have a hard time with the others.Not a problem though.If nothing works I will result in looking at other alternatives.This is something to fool with and I dont mind being a test dummy .I have talked to a couple people that have antennas running thru there building and connect with other buildings around them at work with these antennas so that lets me know that it is a strong antenna.Lets just hope it works for me though.I will update once my usb antenna comes in.The other stuff just came in the mail a few minutes ago.
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Well...I have tested this and it works really good.We tried it at a campground in January and it actually picked it up over one of those big tall 5th wheels and also went thru some trees as well.This antenna is great.
In the last few days I finally set it up on the house to check and see how far it will go.Turns out that I can pick up a lot of different wifi's.I am also picking it up about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile away.
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Has anyone used this system, and have comments (good or bad) about it?

There are a lot of campgrounds out there that have WiFi access, but most places I have been, it's necessary to go outside the rig and sometimes walk a distance to get reception. If this works as advertised, it would be a big help.

http://www.anwdevices.com/iantenna30...Data_Sheet.pdf

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I got some things from Hawkings Technology and I can say that they are a very good company.Everything I got from them works really well.
They do have antennas for things like picking up wifi.Some are made really strong and some not so strong.It just depends on what you want and need to use.
I plan on getting some new video cameras from them as they are made to work with the internet and that is very usefull for when we are on trips.With what we have right now around the house these are top notch as you can look at the house anytime you want to online.
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Has anyone used this system, and have comments (good or bad) about it?

There are a lot of campgrounds out there that have WiFi access, but most places I have been, it's necessary to go outside the rig and sometimes walk a distance to get reception. If this works as advertised, it would be a big help.

http://www.anwdevices.com/iantenna30...Data_Sheet.pdf

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Looks like the primary point of those is to provide you with an ethernet port. I think it'd work but it seems unnecessarily expensive for simply boosting the signal strength. And the lower models (100 and 200) don't even support 802.11g - they're just 802.11b. Finally the 300 model has features you almost certainly don't need - Power over Ethernet, for example.
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Has anyone ever tried the "RVAirport" that's advertised on the Web?? It's supposed to let you connect within two miles of a "hotspot".

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hi edee

looks like a nifty device...

i'm sure the 2 miles is 'line of site'...

and how often is that gonna be available, without something in the way?

this might be best for someone with a known regular wifi signal that is weak.

i'm using a verizon broadband cell card right now, and pretty pleased with nearly a year of usage coast to coast.

this is what phil gobie suggested in post #6 and i took his advice.

i'm in a deep dark valley right now in the western rockies and getting a 4 bar broadband signal...

really amazing and so i seldom look for wifi signals anymore.

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hi edee

looks like a nifty device...

i'm sure the 2 miles is 'line of site'...

and how often is that gonna be available, without something in the way?

this might be best for someone with a known regular wifi signal that is weak.

i'm using a verizon broadband cell card right now, and pretty pleased with nearly a year of usage coast to coast.

this is what phil gobie suggested in post #6 and i took his advice.

i'm in a deep dark valley right now in the western rockies and getting a 4 bar broadband signal...

really amazing and so i seldom look for wifi signals anymore.

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2air Dlink makes a WIFI router which has a port for a aircard, the router then is a Gateway for a WIFI network. Handy if you want to throw up a Hotspot for an office or a Rally.

Here is a information link: This one is 3G I thinke they have others.
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The only problem with most of these solutions is it only half of the equasion.
You computer is only putting out the same amount of power. An external antenna can increase the range but not the power. Once all that power is exhausted then you are out of luck. You may be able to get feet or yards but not miles.
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2air Dlink makes a WIFI router which has a port for a aircard, the router then is a Gateway for a WIFI network. Handy if you want to throw up a Hotspot for an office or a Rally...

hi jim

yep, i've seen those, richL had one at topsail last year but a different brand. it is great for a rally!

the card i'm using is a skinny express 34 model and models that accept this card have been slow to appear.

the link below has an assortment of these routers...

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...You computer is only putting out the same amount of power. An external antenna can increase the range but not the power...
cats...

i think the device edee referenced has a signal amplifier as well as antenna...

i'm using one from wilson technologies that boosts the signal (to 3 amps?) like the old bag phones...

so a weak or marginal signal or camping on the fringe of coverage...

will often get boosted significantly...as in miles.

artstream showed me this set up, he's been using with satisfaction.

we camped together where i had no cellular signal and he was registering 3-4 bars on the same provider...

that sold me.

i purchased here...

https://3gstore.com/

but wilson products are available at many big truck stops and other vendors...

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If you want to try a simple solution this is THE best usb card out there. It is amplified and you can attach an external antenna if you need to. All the hackers are using it. It's the lastest and greatest. ( don't ask me how I know ). I have one and it's unbelievable how many AP's show up. Having said that, If I was going to spend more time in my airstream I'd look at an external antenna.

The price is crazy on this site. I got mine for $ 60.

Amazon.com: USB 500mW WiFI Adapter for Wardriving & Range Extension *Strongest on the Market*: Electronics
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