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Wi Fi Antenna Do they work
Just Me | 12/16/09 | Don

Posted on 12/16/2009 4:51:43 PM PST by Don@VB

I work near a wi-fi restaurant.....


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: help; internetwireless; wifi
I sometimes get the signal sometimes not so much. I've seen Radio Shack type antennae for helping reception. Any feedback on how these work?? Thanks! Call me Wireless in Virginia Beach
1 posted on 12/16/2009 4:51:44 PM PST by Don@VB
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To: Don@VB

Get the wi-fire. I have it, though I’m not using it now.

It triples the signal, approximately.

It costs...about $55 —all kinds of people will ask you about it.

You can also boost the signal further by using a common colander or strainer behind it —buy one at a dollar store.

You can also make a CANTENNA quite easily. It’s loads of fun.


2 posted on 12/16/2009 4:55:01 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Don@VB

Netgear has a repeater and range extender.


3 posted on 12/16/2009 4:55:22 PM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: Don@VB
Take a Marie Callender pie pan pound it into a dish (like Dishnet) and put it behind your antenna pointing at the source you want to use. I use one from time to time in the outback and have gotten 2 miles with it. Save your money.
4 posted on 12/16/2009 4:55:22 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (usff.com)
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To: Don@VB

http://www.hfield.com/the-wi-fire/


5 posted on 12/16/2009 4:57:10 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Don@VB
Wi Fi Antenna Do they work

Yes, for whipping muggers, thugs and unsightly street people.

6 posted on 12/16/2009 4:57:24 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: gaijin

Here are some possibilities.

http://www.ccrane.com/antennas/wifi-antennas/

It may be illegal in your state to use someone else’s signal. Do some research on your state.


7 posted on 12/16/2009 4:57:24 PM PST by mmadi106999
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To: mmadi106999

I just recently bought an iPhone and it was always asking me if I wanted to join this or that Wi-Fi network. Sometimes at a McDonalds or at a Starbucks. Since I don’t even know what they are, I always declined.


8 posted on 12/16/2009 5:01:49 PM PST by Ronin
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To: Don@VB

You could make your own if you wanted to experiment.

http://freeantennas.com/


9 posted on 12/16/2009 5:02:22 PM PST by wvguy (Montani semper liberi)
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To: mmadi106999

AFAIK if the wireless accesspoint is open it may not be illegal.


10 posted on 12/16/2009 5:03:42 PM PST by wannabegeek
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To: Don@VB

I use a repeater in my home. Need because addition was added, I have to transmit thru old brick wall.


11 posted on 12/16/2009 5:04:04 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: gaijin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDVydiiBfiE&NR=1&feature=fvwp


12 posted on 12/16/2009 5:04:20 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Don@VB

Ok. Wireless in Virginia Beach!


13 posted on 12/16/2009 5:04:39 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: mmadi106999

He said it was a restaurant, and you can guarantee if a restaurant is blasting out a WiFi signal, it’s for the public... LOL...

I’ve been to lots of restaurants that have it... :-)


14 posted on 12/16/2009 5:06:38 PM PST by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Don@VB

Another suggestion.

http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html


15 posted on 12/16/2009 5:08:11 PM PST by VicVega (I care more about Congress bending me over than who Tiger is bending over.)
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To: gaijin

This one is HILARIOUS, and I’ve done it —it works.

ALL KINDS of people will love this, and will stop to ask you about it —the MacGuyvor factor is SUPER high with this one —they will look at you like you’re ET, phoning home.

Mount it on top of a camera tripod, and it’s a total scream. And really cheap. I love this stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozOMtqPOESo&feature=related


16 posted on 12/16/2009 5:11:43 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Don@VB
antennae for helping reception

Antennas are necessary to receive virtually any radio frequency signal at virtually any frequency the antenna's design length calls for. One sure way to improve reception is with a directional antenna, which will provide considerable improvement compared to an omni-directional antenna.

A directional antenna is the equivalent of gain. Assuming the antenna is for the correct frequency, pointed in an optimum direction, and the correct impedance, the signal will be improved.

However, none of that guarantees you will achieve your goal because the stronger signal may still be too weak. The next move is a better antenna, a more sensitive receiver, or, if you have access, a more powerful transmitter.

17 posted on 12/16/2009 5:14:32 PM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: gaijin

You can use many things for the signal collector:

1. strainer
2. collander
3. wok
4. oven burner protector thang
5. discarded Direct TV dish
6. metallic snow disk (this is a sled, but looks like 1/2 of a UFO)

My friend used #5 to collect and reflect the signal into a cantenna which had a signal condenser —it would suck in signals from over 9 miles away —really high performance. In an urban area most folks will pick up 9 signals, but w/this thang he picked up about 200.

You can get those dishes used on craiglist —my buddy bought his for $15.

The software that comes with the Wi-Fire device is good and permits a CONSTANT REFRESH of all signals detected.

In this way the engineer gains more timely feedback regarding the fitness of any dish adjustment —this precludes the need to laboriously/repeatedly hit “refresh” for the signals detected.


18 posted on 12/16/2009 5:21:54 PM PST by gaijin
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To: humblegunner

lol


19 posted on 12/16/2009 5:29:13 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Ronin

Folks FOLKS!! As always you are a WEALTH of information!! I thank you and wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!! If you are in Virginia Beach stop by my store! (Corner 24)

http://www.corner24online.com


20 posted on 12/16/2009 5:30:20 PM PST by Don@VB
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To: Don@VB

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-1800

MFJ-1800

WI-FI ANTENNA, 2.4GHZ, 15DBI, 16 ELES

Price: $29.95

This one works very nicely and is cheap. The range is several miles with a clear line of sight. I’ve got 2 of them.


21 posted on 12/16/2009 5:30:50 PM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Don@VB

Why not quit your current job and apply for a position at the restaurant?


22 posted on 12/16/2009 5:48:25 PM PST by Krankor
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To: Krankor

Its my business! :-)


23 posted on 12/16/2009 5:54:55 PM PST by Don@VB
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To: Don@VB
I work near a wi-fi restaurant.....

Are you a wi-fi antenna? If so, then I guess they work.

24 posted on 12/16/2009 6:35:53 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Its a hotel,not a restaurant my mistake. I only have a laptop no antenna.


25 posted on 12/16/2009 6:42:38 PM PST by Don@VB
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To: Ronin
I just recently bought an iPhone and it was always asking me if I wanted to join this or that Wi-Fi network.

Your iPhone's default WiFi setting is to sniff out WiFi AP's and ask if it's okay to connect. You can turn that off if you like. The icons that come up in the list will tell you if it's a locked AP or public.

Sometimes it's annoying, it pops up as you're driving (someone else is actually driving) along somewhere, when you're not interested in connecting or won't be there long enough.

Other times it's nice to have it let you know. Like you visit the neighborhood pub or restaurant and they have a public AP. Once you tell the iPhone it's okay to connect to a particular site, it will remember it and automatically connect when you're in range.

26 posted on 12/16/2009 6:47:57 PM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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27 posted on 12/17/2009 5:15:06 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Don@VB

28 posted on 12/17/2009 5:59:30 AM PST by dubie (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: Don@VB

cool store


29 posted on 12/17/2009 8:13:18 AM PST by GOPJ (Journalists as BaghdadBobLite - Global Warming Scientists as ElmerGantry - what's happening?)
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To: Don@VB

In our house the access point is upstairs, one end of the house. ALmost no signal in family room downstairs using built-in antenna. Inexpensive external antenna increased signal significantly, making it usable.


30 posted on 12/17/2009 8:15:36 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: gaijin

BTTT


31 posted on 12/17/2009 8:26:34 AM PST by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: Don@VB

Kinda. The approach that worked for me was a wifi usb device that has an extension wire allowing me to position the entire device at any given ‘sweet spot’.


32 posted on 12/17/2009 8:27:37 AM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: Star Traveler
I wouldn't be so sure.

Michigan man arrested for using cafe's free WiFi from his car
33 posted on 12/17/2009 9:43:59 AM PST by papasmurf
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To: papasmurf
You were saying ...

Coincidentally, the cafe owner that Peterson was leeching WiFi off of didn't even realize that what Peterson was doing was a crime at the time. Neither did the police officer. "I had a feeling a law was being broken, but I didn't know exactly what," Sparta police chief Andrew Milanowski told the TV station.
And hence a perfect reason for following any competent attorney's advice -- "never ever talk to the police"... LOL... That was the big mistake the guy made...


Just so everyone knows... ya don't need an attorney to refuse to talk to the police. But, if the police are pressing you, then you might want to get one. Otherwise, never talk to the police under any circumstances...

And with the police always looking for a charge to put on someone (Hey! It's their job... LOL...), the best advice that you or I or anyone can get is to never ever talk to the police under any circumstances, anywhere at anytime...

Talking to the Police by Professor James Duane

Professor James Duane’s now famous 5th Amendment lecture - popularly known as “Don’t talk to the police!” - has amassed a considerable internet following. The lecture, given as part of Regent Law School’s spring preview weekend.

34 posted on 12/17/2009 9:50:23 AM PST by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Star Traveler

That’s great advice. And, yes, a few cops are always looking for something, anything, to bust you for. The last time I was pulled over, ten years ago, was for a cracked rear window.

Uh, it was a convertible, with a plastic window...hello?


35 posted on 12/17/2009 10:15:44 AM PST by papasmurf
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To: GOPJ

Thanks, been in business 21 years!!

These home made antennas use an external usb network adaptor. Would this external wireless adaptor be used along with the existing wireless card/adaptor already being used in my laptop. Could they conflict or mess up my computer.


36 posted on 12/17/2009 10:48:39 AM PST by Don@VB
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To: Don@VB

First, you read the bible of DIY wifi antennas...
then you decide if you should DIY or buy a commercial product:

http://www.usbwifi.orconhosting.net.nz/


37 posted on 12/17/2009 2:42:11 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: Don@VB

I will most definitely drop by next summer!


38 posted on 12/17/2009 2:43:22 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander

J H Thanks for the link!!


39 posted on 12/17/2009 2:53:15 PM PST by Don@VB
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