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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 8:33 am 
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I posted in HARDWARE earlier, but I think it was the wrong area for this question...So I apologize but I'm posting it here again...

[color=darkred]Has anyone tried this at home?

I've run into the problem where I have 2 computers downstairs and a laptop upstairs.
My wireless router [DLINK DI-614+ Revision A]

is not powerfull enough to get the signal upstairs to my DLINK DWL-810+.
[has to go through a ceiling and a wall].

I did have a PCIMA adapter, but it died, and the signal was also crap.

So I'm thinking, instead of messing around with a wireless signal, why not check out the new powerline adapters!

I'm looking for peops that have this set-up....anyone?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:19 am 
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I don't think your problem is what the signal is going through, your problem is the direction of your antennas.

Omnidirectional antennas are not truley omidirectional. think of a ring around the middle of your antenna, and the singal spreading out from there horizontally.

Now, if you pionted your two antennas straight up, you might never get a signal if your computer is one floor up. Instead, make the two antennas parallel to each other, like this | |. What you have now might be something more like this --- ---. The second won't give you any signal, because the signal would be going parrallel to the reception, IE, they never cross..

Make your antennas parrallel, and then we'll go from there.

BTW, a good router and adapter should be able to get over 300 feet indoors, unless you have steel walls of course. ;)

Dan O.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:32 am 
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let me understand what you wrote.

Have antennas on router parallel to each other and pointing straight up.
The antenna on receiver upstairs should also be pointing straight up.

I thought I read somewhere that the antenna's of the router should be parallel and pointing towards the receiving antenna. And vive-versa the antenna of the receiver upstairs should be pointing down towards the router.

Hope this is not too confusing.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:45 am 
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coffee wrote:
let me understand what you wrote.

Have antennas on router parallel to each other and pointing straight up.
The antenna on receiver upstairs should also be pointing straight up.

I thought I read somewhere that the antenna's of the router should be parallel and pointing towards the receiving antenna. And vive-versa the antenna of the receiver upstairs should be pointing down towards the router.

Hope this is not too confusing.


No, no.

Have antennas on the router and adapter parrallel to each other. I used the || to show parrallel, it can be in any direction, but I can't make odd angles with lines using text, well, maybe this will help // . See? ZNo matter what angle you point them in, they should be parallel. They could also be like this \\. Or, they could be like this if one were right above the other === . Get the idea?

The idea that the router's antenna should be "parallel and pointing towards the receiving antenna" is completley an impossiblilty! If it were parallel, (which it should be) the antennna would piont perpendicular to the direction of the recieving antenna, not at it.

Dan O.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:50 am 
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coffee wrote:
let me understand what you wrote.
I thought I read somewhere that the antenna's of the router should be parallel and pointing towards the receiving antenna. And vive-versa the antenna of the receiver upstairs should be pointing down towards the router.


If I cut out the parallel part in your statement, like this:

coffee wrote:
let me understand what you wrote.
I thought I read somewhere that the antenna's of the router should be ... pointing towards the receiving antenna. And vive-versa the antenna of the receiver upstairs should be pointing down towards the router.


We can clearly see why your not getting any reception.

Your thinking of Unidirectional antennas, meaning one direction like a head light.

Instead of thinking of it like a headlight or flashlight that you point at one another, think of it as a lantern, with a large metal top. Thus you see that no light goes through the top of the lantern, instead it goes out all the sides.

Get it?

Dan O.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:55 am 
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yeah I get it.
I'll try it when I get home.

While I do get reception with this method, I still get a really shitty signal.
Perhaps the metal studs in the floor and wall could be interfering.

Thanks
J-P


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:58 am 
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coffee wrote:
yeah I get it.
I'll try it when I get home.

While I do get reception with this method, I still get a really shitty signal.
Perhaps the metal studs in the floor and wall could be interfering.

Thanks
J-P


Yeah, metal tends to reflect the signal, or absorb it. Same with humans, since we're mostly water. Wood and air though, signal goes right through that stuff, with a little loss of course.

Dan O.


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