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Old 12-08-2011, 03:51 PM   #1
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Wireless internet signal reception antenna?

I'm looking for a way to boost my ability to pull in wireless internet. My parking spot is just far enough away from my house that the internet reception is pretty spotty. It's really cramping my style. What's a man cave without reliable internet, right? And also, when traveling, I want to be able to grab signals to the best of my ability from publicly available wireless internet at libraries, cafes, etc.

So I've found some things online, but I'm not quite sure sometimes from the description if they are intended to be used on the broadcast end (router) or the receiving end. Plus, I wonder just how much better some of these are than the wireless receiver that's already built into my laptop.

Anyone have expertise in this area? I'm looking to spend as little as possible of course, hopefully under $50. Here is an example of what I've been looking at so far: ... 519c2bacb1
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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Re: Wireless internet signal reception antenna?

Sorry, haven't got an answer for you, but I do share your pain.
I use a Verizon aircard for everything (including what little TV I watch) and after I got home from the grocery store this morning and parked I had to fire it up again and pull about 3' forward to get my easy chair in a decent reception zone.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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Re: Wireless internet signal reception antenna?

My daughter has an Alpha on her netbook. She loves it. I have a USB antenna that makes the difference between getting on the internet and not. The Alpha is much better. We are at the far end of the campground and the campground's WI-Fi antenna is at the other end. coming out west, we used her netbook to log online to keep up with weather. Sitting in a parking lot, we usually got from 3 to 8 unsecured WI-FI signals to use. The one I havre cost $30. It just isn't as good. Right now it's packed in the bus and I am using the little Belkin USB adapter. If someone pulls in next to us, I can't get online with the Belkin. I definitely recommend the Alpha. And it's CHEAP ($35 and ships free).

On edit.. My desktop computer does not have an air card built into it. I have no internal antenna. I plug the Alpha into a USB port and it is "Plug-N-Play" on XP. Then I log on using an open Wi-Fi from the campground. When we were parked in my other daughter's back yard, I could choose from several open Wi-Fi signals. But I used hers because I had more privacy (I had to log on to her network). I have since learned that If I go to a secure site (https everything is secure while on the secure site.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:43 PM   #4
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Re: Wireless internet signal reception antenna?

There are lots of cheap how to's on youtube using a wireless antenae and a sat dish,I have heard mixed reviews on different forumns mostly good tho
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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Re: Wireless internet signal reception antenna?

this is one I have seen around and they have other stuff also.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:39 AM   #6
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Re: Wireless internet signal reception antenna?

I was looking to create a hot spot between my mothers house and mine. We are line of sight so there are no obstructions between us.

Here are some of the equipment links and info that may aid in a decision. This seems to be the router to use when it comes to getting higher ranges with cause it can be hacked and you get more power out of it.
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