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Confused: Repeater vs. range extender

abishagenaden 281 64 August 15, 2016 at 02:39 PM
I'm looking to get the house across the street from me Wifi-enabled without having to sign up for separate Internet service.

In my house I have the typical wireless router (non dual-band setup).

I've been advised to just extend my Wifi signal to the other house. But after doing some research I'm a little confused what the best option would be.

Also confused about repeaters vs. range extenders and which I should get.

I would prefer if the signal strength doesn't drop too much going to the other house, and it would also be preferable if both houses are on the same network.

Also willing to upgrade my current wireless router (Linksys E2000) if that helps any.

Thanks in advance!

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i always thought they were the same thing. maybe this thread would clear it up for me too.
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Same thing. Just like Notebook and Laptop are the same.
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Same thing. Just like Notebook and Laptop are the same.
This, it's just marketing terms.

Just "extending" your signal to the other house isn't going to work unless your signal is already strong somewhere in the other house. In order to repeat/extend a signal you need to setup up the repeater in a spot that has good signal, otherwise you're just repeating shitty signal.

If it was my personal setup I'd do a wireless bridge with a small dish or other transmitter on each side. Wire both sides of the bridge into the main network and then feed that into each house's own, but separate, WiFi networks. This might be a pain to setup, but it also allows you the flexibility to separate the other house's network if you need to and also ensures the bridge link is fairly high speed.
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Quote from brbubba View Post :
This, it's just marketing terms.

Just "extending" your signal to the other house isn't going to work unless your signal is already strong somewhere in the other house. In order to repeat/extend a signal you need to setup up the repeater in a spot that has good signal, otherwise you're just repeating shitty signal.

If it was my personal setup I'd do a wireless bridge with a small dish or other transmitter on each side. Wire both sides of the bridge into the main network and then feed that into each house's own, but separate, WiFi networks. This might be a pain to setup, but it also allows you the flexibility to separate the other house's network if you need to and also ensures the bridge link is fairly high speed.
I agree that's how I would recommend doing it. Ubiquiti makes good gear but it's not designed for the consumer to setup.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
I agree that's how I would recommend doing it. Ubiquiti makes good gear but it's not designed for the consumer to setup.
Time to buy a 2 pack of Pringles Potato Chips and whip up a couple of Cantenna's.

I've seen a hack where you take the LNB off a Dish/DirecTV DBS antenna and put a Cantenna on the Feed Arm.
I quickly skimmed this video [youtube.com], but looked pretty good

lowtech-indoor example [youtube.com]
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i think This Is SPARTA Repeater.

repeater is a specific mode, extender isn't.
extenders can be bridge and repeater, cheap ones usually only have bridge mode.

repeater pretend to be the sender, router sees it as origin senders, not the mailman/middleman, slower, because it's doing more work to communicate to router to keep connections even when not sending any actual data. it's good for stealing public wifi, because they blocked bridge mode, but can't block repeater.

bridge, the mailman, router can see it existed as a middleman, and happy to deal with it (most routers ok with this mode), it's faster, no extra pretending connections.
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