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Old 08-24-2005, 07:13 PM   #1
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Wireless range Q

Is there anything I can do on my end (the laptop, not the router) to get a better signal? I'm borrowing the internet from some friends ( ) internet across the parking lot, and I get it most of the time, but not all. Is there anything I can do to get a better connection?
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Old 08-24-2005, 07:20 PM   #2
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I read somewhere recently that a guy was charged with illegally accessing a computer network by "borrowing" his neighbors wireless connection.


I believe that is a Felony
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they make signal "bouncers" to relay the signal over a longer distance.
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Well what if they are my friends and don't care!

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they make signal "bouncers" to relay the signal over a longer distance.
I'm not thinking a bouncer in the middle of a parking lot would go over too well, lol.
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true.....
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Direct line of sight with nothing between the units is your best bet short of a relay (bouncer). Either that or a signal amp, which I am not sure would be legal.
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Can you explain a signal amp?
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Can you explain a signal amp?
then i'd have to kill you
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You could get something like this.
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then i'd have to kill you
I'll take that chance. I drove my *** all the way to FL, near you, and you were not to be seen.
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I'll take that chance. I drove my *** all the way to FL, near you, and you were not to be seen.
:yup:

Don't feel bad though, NO ONE was to be seen. lol

I was going to post an answer, but, they have already been posted.
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A signal amp is nothing more than a power booster. Back in the CB craze days people used to use amps to bump the small power out of a CB, I think it's like 3 watts max, to several hundred watts or more.

The FCC frowns on that and they do tend to hunt down the more obscene violators.

Your signal tends to get weaker the farther it travels and all recievers need a minimum signal strength to detect your signal over the background clutter. A signal amp boosts your ouput signal to a higher strength so that when the signal gets tot he reciever it is still powerful enough to work.
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A signal amp is nothing more than a power booster. Back in the CB craze days people used to use amps to bump the small power out of a CB, I think it's like 3 watts max, to several hundred watts or more.

The FCC frowns on that and they do tend to hunt down the more obscene violators.

Your signal tends to get weaker the farther it travels and all recievers need a minimum signal strength to detect your signal over the background clutter. A signal amp boosts your ouput signal to a higher strength so that when the signal gets tot he reciever it is still powerful enough to work.
I have a small booster on my cb...but I didn't just say that...
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Does your laptop have integrated wireless, or does it have an add-on card with an antenna?
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hang a coat hanger bend in some interesting way though your card out the side of a window.
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Does your laptop have integrated wireless, or does it have an add-on card with an antenna?
He has intergrated
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and he doesn't want **** sticking out from his computer so he says haha..
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I have a small booster on my cb...but I didn't just say that...
the gubbamint will be at yer door soon mang
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Yeah, it's integrated, and I did tell brent I don't want **** sticking out of my pc.
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Yeah, it's integrated, and I did tell brent I don't want **** sticking out of my pc.
If it had the antenna, you could do the Pringles can wrapped in aluminum foil trick. I can't really think of anything else you can do on your end. That big high gain antenna I linked to is on the router side of things. Just get a long-*** cat5 cable and run it across the parking lot!
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Old 08-28-2005, 09:58 AM   #22
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^ Haha, that would be like a $100 cable.

I'd be able to do something on their end if it would help..
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