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I have an Access Point on top of one building. Then I have a wireless laptop on top of another building with complete line of site, same elevation, etc...

The laptop cannot pick up the signal from the access point, so do i attach a high gain directional antenna on the access point and shoot the signal to the laptop.

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Hook something to the laptop to try and pick up the signal?
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by:rankin195
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What if i but a directional antenna on the access point with an amplifier? Would that do the trick?
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What's the distance? Typical range for a 802.11b or g wireless access point with an omni-directional antenna is a 150' radius. If you are only a reasonable distance beyond that than using a directional ( higher gain) antenna should help.
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by:rizguy79
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yes; distance is important.... line of sight is for infrared communications.
if u have the facility to attach external antenna with your laptop (pig tail) try this it may help!
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by:rankin195
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So I dont have to do anything with the laptop if I just boost the signal from the access point? Boost it with an amplifer or do the directional antenna option, or both?
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by:jeffg_91911
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Do you have an external (PCMCIA) NIC WiFi card for your laptop or is it built in?  If it is built in you CAN't add an antenna to it.  If it is external, does it have a connector for a pigtail?  Most of them don't.  Lucent Orinico makes one that does.  What model is yours?  On the other end what kind of access point do you have.  Does it have a removable antenna?  If it has a removable antenna then you could use a antenna, if the antenna is not removable then you will not be able to.
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