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"Remote" wifi antenna a success .. so far
« on: July 25, 2012, 05:37:44 AM »
A few days ago I asked if anyone could help with setting up a wifi antenna so I could capture a wifi signal from about 250 m away. See here.

I ordered one of these and installed it today at our summer lot where we have a couple of trailers (caravans). I am please to report it is working well and the signal through some trees is good...not quite as fast as the cable at home, but it is good. Now I don't have to go up to the rec center anymore.

FYI the antenna, adapter, HD cable, shipping, pole and support cable cost about $220. And there is no monthly fee as I am using the signal from the "club" so it is all legit. Assuming it stands up well and last a few years, well ...  I am pleased. We spend 70 to 80 days here each summer...

Here are some shots of the antenna. I connected a sturdy pole to the "shed" that I also use as an office.

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Re: "Remote" wifi antenna a success .. so far
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 10:19:40 AM »
Ingenious, Clive. Glad it works well and saves some time riding out with the laptop.
 I'm presuming it will come down when you shut up shop there for the winter?

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 03:13:59 PM »
Thanks Pat. I am thrilled....drinking coffee and checking emails..no more riding up to the rec center where the light was often bad...had to work outside or in my vehicle.....just having wifi at the rec center was good...had to go to town before that. This new antenna is very cool. Yes, I will removed the antenna for winter...they are all-season, but I am a tad scared of wet spring snows with wind...it can happen here. I can remove the antenna in perhaps 20 minutes...the pole and most of the cable will stay...there is a quick connect cable right at the antenna. 

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 11:30:25 PM »
You sound well set up Clive and it's great that you are connected to the world....
Looks to be a house (as opposed to a relocateable) in the second image.  How does the "lot" and the "rec" club operate?  Do you own the land or lease it from a farmer?

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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2012, 05:40:55 AM »
John .. Thanks. It is great having Internet access right here... saves messing around. I will have to be carefull to not waste time..today I was building storage cupboards and yet could check emails and whatever every couple of hours.

We "own" title to a lease lot...it is crown land (called provincial recreation area) on long term lease to a society of which we are members by virtue of ownership.....the development started 17 years ago...we've been here since 2007...purchased in late 2006. 

Our lot is a small "city" sized lot at 50 by 75 feet...we have some lawn and garden with two caravans parked...one could be trailed if we wished to take it out..we don't .. close to fishing and good scenery and there is considerable wildlife in the general area. We have a green belt immediately in front of our property that is 100 m deep .. so it seems as though we have more land than we do...we also are on a small hill and have nice views...

I'll post a couple of photos tomorrow ..

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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2012, 05:17:10 PM »
Great that you were able to solve the problem and you don't have to be in digital black hole ;-)

Sounds to be a nice and relaxing place. Looking forward to see some pics.

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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2012, 08:39:44 PM »
Quite a setup for net access.

Wouldn't USB dongles or a Wifi router with SIM card work there?

With no wired net in my holiday home in India I use a USB dongle (on UMTS) with a Wifi router that can take the dongle - for laptop as well as iPad. Can carry them in a small pouch or just the dongle.
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2012, 06:09:45 AM »
Thanks all.

subbu ... this is a 'remote' area and the club buys "radio tower" Internet service that is provided via a router at the 'rec center.'  (No cable or ADSL in the surrounding country.) The router is housed 250 m from my lot and with some trees in the way. In order to get the wifi signal at my lot I needed a high-gain antenna and 1000mW wireless adapter (sometimes called a dongle as I understand.) as shownhere. I tried the Alfa 1000 with the rubber ducky antenna (vs the high-gain antenna) at another lot closer to the router and it was not strong enough to get a signal...so the antenna was a good move on my part. I am pretty pleased.

3G and 4G work for people who have such service with their cell plan, but cell reception here is spotty at best. A few people get some 3G/4G internet because they have fancy cell plans. But a cell reception booster would also be required for stable service.

Chappo and Kurt ...  here are some shots ...

This is looking out from our lot toward some distance foothills ..


This is looking into our lot ...


This is my "shed" that I've just overhauled.. got rid of a sofa bed that was not used and built two storage units. The used computer desk was a great "Kijiji" find...oak desk and hutch for $25. ;)   


 
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2012, 06:24:51 AM »
Clive, didn't know that was so remote. Neat place to spend time. If I left something like this in my home town it'd be someone else's in no time we left the place!!
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2012, 03:36:36 AM »
What a great set-up Clive.   Neat too !! I would have to spend 12 months tidying up my shed and the computer room in the house before I could take any photos of them  :-[
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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2012, 08:33:50 PM »
Thanks Clive! Beautiful and peaceful scenery. Neat place.

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