Need long range wireless laptop notebook card.

Posted on 2005-04-12
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I have a very long house and need to pickup the signal from my wireless router with my wireless notebook card.  What units would you suggest for range?  I care more about range than speed.  I don't want to use n technology.  Just G or B.


Question by:MrHaight
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    A typical router would support 150 feet. So if you go for PCMCIA wireless card like one available from Linksys it should pick up a good signal strength.

    If you are looking for a wider range than this, use another router as repeater this should cost you less than adding any other additional hardware.

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    How do you setup the repeater?  Is that a special kind of router?


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    Not a special kind of Router. Just another Router similar to the main one to which you need to bridge it which would extend the area covered.

    Check these two posts:

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    SMC produces long range wireless cards.
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    The SMC2532W-B is one good choice but I've found the Senao/Engenius 2511CD PLUS EXT2 with a gain antenna is the best I've ever used.


    With the 2dBi antenna I've connected 500m away.  I also bought one of the +12dBi antennas:

    It's easy to connect 1500m or more with the antenna on a tripod.

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