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Connecting my Desktop to wifi

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Cali-Glock, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

    Feb 11, 2002
    California Sierra Mnts
    I live in the boonies - no DSL, being in the woods with mountains to our south no satelite option either, and dial up is 12kbps to 14.4kbps.

    Over dinner tonight I learned our next door neighbors (about 150 yards away or so) bit the bullet and purchased a T1 line! She suggested I try to see if I could pick up her network. After they left I grabbed my laptop - no visible networks from inside the house, but from our driveway I could pick up one bar. I stood outside for probably 30 minutes playing with the connection!

    I Googled high gain wifi antenna and got about a zillion hits. Looks like I can get a parabolic grid wifi antenna with 24db gain for under $100. The hardware then describes the connections N-Female, N-Male and other options... my question is how exactly do I go about connecting one of these antennas to my wife's desktop PC or should I connect it to another wireless router.. and if so how so?

    If I am resonalbly convinced I can reliabliy get her signal in my home somehow I want to try to work out a deal to pay to use her signal...

    Which brings me to my second question - how much should I offer to pay? She is paying something on the order of $350 a month for her T1 (at least that is what I was quoted a couple of years ago)...

    Thanks for any input and advice!!
  2. G22owner


    Nov 12, 2007
    New Lenox, IL
    Your best bet might be some sort of network bridge, or repeater. If they have a router, you might be able to snag an access point and use it in that manner. I have my wireless router upstairs and have an access point in my basement that I use as a repeater, in the same manner as you're talking about doing. Signal strength across an open space, such as between your, and your neighbor's houses is probably going to be similar to what I experience through 2 floors. It's worth a shot, for sure!