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Small, fast and enhanced coverage.

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    Small, fast and enhanced coverage.


    Hello,

    I thought this might be of interest.

    I have just bought a ' Wireless Bolse N300 High Gain USB Adapter', to extend my Wi-Fi coverage to other parts of my home. I can highly recommend this USB adapter for extra Wireless coverage. If, where you need wireless and there is not a spare Mains Socket, to take a 'Homeplug' try this little beast. Setup is a doddle and the benefit of that extra wireless coverage is a boon in larger homes. In Windows 8, just Plug & Play and Windows 7 install from CD supplied. Got mine from Amazon .co.uk.

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    There's a lot of those "High Gain" USB WiFi adapters but legal ones are limited to 100mW of output and only better, higher gain antennae is what makes difference. I have this one:
    TL-WN722N - Welcome to TP-LINK
    Changed to a high gain (11Db ) antenna and practically tripled the gain. Grabbing all kinds of signals couple of KM around. Adding the same kind of antenna to the AP at home made for a very strong signal in whole 3 store house with concrete floors and brick walls and 100 meters (yards) around, helped even more with signal distribution. All other things being equal, a good antenna can make a big difference. In the setup with two antennae you have to play with their position, where with one strong one signal is equal all around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    There's a lot of those "High Gain" USB WiFi adapters but legal ones are limited to 100mW of output and only better, higher gain antennae is what makes difference. I have this one:
    TL-WN722N - Welcome to TP-LINK
    Changed to a high gain (11Db ) antenna and practically tripled the gain. Grabbing all kinds of signals couple of KM around. Adding the same kind of antenna to the AP at home made for a very strong signal in whole 3 store house with concrete floors and brick walls and 100 meters (yards) around, helped even more with signal distribution. All other things being equal, a good antenna can make a big difference. In the setup with two antennae you have to play with their position, where with one strong one signal is equal all around.
    I completely agree with what your saying but, when you have that sort of signal you stand the risk of your broadband being high jacked and used by unscrupulous hackers and other users. I also have 'Homeplugs' and a TP Link TL-WA850RE Extender Wi-Fi being fed from a TP Link TD-W8980 router. I have found that this little extender gives me enough coverage for just my home. Even my mobiles pick up other peoples broadband, especially BT Home hubs. When I saw the increase in gain from such a small and inexpensive piece of hardware I was quite impressed. Just a thought that those, on a tight budget might be interested.

    I think I know what your reply might be? "Encryption".
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    Rather than put it out with the rubbish, I plugged in my discrded router in a remote, but in range, part of the property. I now hav a good signal throughout the buildings. The speed is, of course limited o the outer buildings/rooms, by the capabilities of the old router.
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    I use my WiFi as AP only for internet, computers are in wired network, use WPA2 with strong password and Mac hidden. Also not switched on all the time, just when Wifi internet needed when out in the garden or backyard or a guest comes and needs internet connection. So no real danger of anybody getting into my system. Also, using any WiFi is somewhat dangerous, you'd be surprised from haw far a good grid antenna with powerful device (have an USB, WiFi adapter worth 3W) and with it can reach APs and other signals from miles around. So somebody determined enough can misuse your stuff even with very week signal.
    Ever hear about "Wardriving" ?
    Wardriving - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Don't get paranoid about it now, but somebody or organization, determined to "get you" will do that with whatever of WiFi you have and in some cases even without it. Old CRT screen monitors could be "red" from some distance and somebody would see everything you do. every rf receiver is also sending signal too, even small transistor radio or TV set. They are "heterodyne" or "superheterodyne" That produces frequency of opposite sine wave to distinguish and demodulate signal so sound or data can be isolated and heard or used further.
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