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Old 12-04-2011, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I placed my wifi router on top of a cabinet in the living room near the ceiling. Did wonders for my wifi reach!

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Old 12-04-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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Ours sits right above our family room on the second story. Works great!!
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:43 PM
 
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The higher the better
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Your Hotspot, Your Way - Connectify

Turn your individual wireless PCs into hotspots to act as repeaters of your network.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I'm amazed at how much reach I get on my router, from the 3rd floor to the basement.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Due to the wiring of my old house the only practical place for my router is in the master bedroom in the electronics closet. The only practical place for my desktop is on the other side of the house with a lot of metallic interference and the desktop used to frequently drop connection.

I found that I could repurpose a 10", free, useless satellite TV dish as a directional focus for my wifi. I arranged it so that the concave side of the dish pointed at the desktop and the router was located in-line between the two. I played with the distance from the router to the dish for a while to find the best reception, but that was probably a fool's errand. It worked immediately and I was unable to get any significant improvement by changing the distance.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:06 AM
 
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I found that I could repurpose a 10", free, useless satellite TV dish as a directional focus for my wifi. I arranged it so that the concave side of the dish pointed at the desktop and the router was located in-line between the two. I played with the distance from the router to the dish for a while to find the best reception, but that was probably a fool's errand. It worked immediately and I was unable to get any significant improvement by changing the distance.
I haven't tried this on my new router, no antennae but if you have one with an antennae they have simple print out pattern here to create a small "dish".

Ez-12

Don't laugh, it works.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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The higher the better
It's not really about being higher. It's about being away from things that'll interfere with it. Usually higher is better for that, but not always.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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I used Netstumbler to monitor the S/N ratio when I was setting up my router (and to find out the channels in use by my neighbors so I could steer clear of them)....
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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I need to extend my wifi range to the coffee shop about .5 miles away where my router is.
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