Sorry for the messy post; to clarify, I have my own network upstairs that doesn't seem to penetrate into the basement. I had a friend loan me a wifi repeater/booster which I placed at the top of the stairs but the connection was less than favorable. Same friend also lent me a a trendnet indoor antenna with an extension cable, which I connected to the computer and chucked out the window, it actually works pretty well, lol.
I've started to read into CPE/outdoor AP devices which seem to be massive overkill for my needs, but it might be an interesting learning experience.
Friend will hopefully be lending me a power line adapter soon to let me test that out. For the moment, the indoor antenna at the window is working well enough.
Ok guys, long story short, I'm trying to connect to a wifi signal from a basement which doesn't pick up any signals. I've never dabbled with antennas, so I thought I'd post here and hopefully someone with more experience will tell me if I'm on the right or wrong track.
I'm thinking of picking up an outdoor wifi antenna, and running the n-type/sma cable into the basement through the window. As far as I can tell, I can run this antenna cable straight into an appropriately equipped wlan card in a computer, but I'm also wondering if maybe I could also run it into a router set up as a repeater. I imagine the direct line into the computer would work, but I'm not sure about the router.
I'm currently considering this Trendnet Outdoor Antenna . I've noticed some interesting directional antenna options, but I imagine this omnidirectional one would be less of a hasssle.
Any thoughts? I'd appreciate it.