[Northeast] long distance wireless I just set up a FIOS account (tv, phone internet) in a new home on our farm and want to be able to have wireless access from our greenhouse which is about 750' away from the house. Verizon installed an Actiontec MI424-WR Rev E router which only gets me about 100' outside the house.
All of the networking jargon confuses the daylights out of me. Can anyone suggest if and how I could do this?
Virginia Beach, VA
Wireless is not going to travel 750 feet no matter what router or access point you put in place. I suppose you could setup a series of repeaters between the house and the greenhouse, but that would require power in each repeater location.
Maximum outdoor range (no walls, interference, etc.) is 820 feet for 802.11n and 460 ft for 802.11g. Since your router is inside, you aren't going to see that kind of range.
There are router LOS devices you can purchase to deliver wireless from your home to your green house. Search for wireless LOS repeaters, there are a variety of amplifiers and antennas you can deploy to easily bridge the home to your green house.
They aren't necessarily inexpensive but it certainly can be done. Also look for 1-3W amplifiers
»www.gnswireless.com/GNS1812.htm is place to start for solutions.
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Search for wireless range extenders that focus on antenna reflector to focus the beam.
An example: »www.instructables.com/id/DIY-WIF···Booster/
I have a netgear rangemax router with internal antennas in the focus (approximately) of a 10" aluminum lighting fixture reflector out in the garage, and a USB wireless dongle in the focus of another aluminum desklamp reflector at the PC end beaming across 400' of mostly open field. Alignment is important, but I get 6 to 18 mbps on a speed test depending on conditions. Occasionally needs realignment.
My friend piggybacks on my connection for his internet. Slingbox connected to a DCT700 gives him TV. No way some folks on a fixed income could afford what VZ wants to charge. My thinking is God bless any 92 y.o. who is on the internet.
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