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Condo has free wifi but it is too weak in my unit. How can I boost it or connect my own router to it?

ANM85 233 December 3, 2012 at 07:26 PM in Other
My condominium has a very good (50mb) connection & free wifi for residents. But in my unit the connection appears but most of the time I cannot connect. I can in the hallway but want to step into my door I no longer can, I am assuming it is because of obstruction.

I am trying to figure out the best way to either enhance the signal so I can connect my devices to it locally or a way to capture that wifi signal and re-broadcast it with my own wireless router?

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Quote from gdx View Post :
its in the center of the building (5 story building) in the lobby by the concierge desk. the router is actually a wireless-n router, not bad specs, but the walls are cement, and there are 4 units each 1200-2000 sq ft in size, between it and my unit. my only real option would be the repeater outside or inside.
Sorry but there's no way a setup like that (if that's all there is to it) could ever provide coverage to the entire building. Hopefully there are some other access points in the building and not just the one (again, site survey using netstumbler walking the halls -- note if the same SSID as the condo association shows up multiple times with different MAC addresses).

It sounds as though it may not be the intention of the association to provide wifi that's accessible from the units. It sounds like the association should probably be scattering half a dozen of these throughout the building: http://www.engeniustech.com/busin...eap600-new
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Ask your neighbors what they use to get signals.
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Sorry but there's no way a setup like that (if that's all there is to it) could ever provide coverage to the entire building. Hopefully there are some other access points in the building and not just the one (again, site survey using netstumbler walking the halls -- note if the same SSID as the condo association shows up multiple times with different MAC addresses).

It sounds as though it may not be the intention of the association to provide wifi that's accessible from the units. It sounds like the association should probably be scattering half a dozen of these throughout the building: http://www.engeniustech.com/busin...eap600-new
yes, it sounds like the wifi might only be intended for the lobby.

seeing as the building is concrete solid, your best bet would be to put the repeater outside on your balcony.

if you have a friend on each of the floors between you and the lobby, you could talk them into running a repeater on their floor. explain to them how it will help their signal. just put the floor number after the SSID.
Last edited by ReverseHandedJO December 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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#19
You can get a cheap router and install DD-WRT on it and use it as a repeater. If you get on with an external antennas, connect one antenna with a longer cable and "staple" or "3M" the antenna to the outside wall - check with a laptop/tablet signal strength before gluing.
Woot and 1saleaday have regular sale and you will likely find a router. Make sure it's compatible with DD-WRT or Tomato
I did a very similar setup using a linksys router couple of years ago for a friend and they never had a single issue! Make sure you use ORB to browse and point your local browsers via it.

DD-WRT - http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index
Tomato - http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato



Quote from gdx View Post :
My condominium has a very good (50mb) connection & free wifi for residents. But in my unit the connection appears but most of the time I cannot connect. I can in the hallway but want to step into my door I no longer can, I am assuming it is because of obstruction.

I am trying to figure out the best way to either enhance the signal so I can connect my devices to it locally or a way to capture that wifi signal and re-broadcast it with my own wireless router?
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#20
A better WIFI card (higher powered) and better antenna (on an antenna extension) connected to a desktop should work.
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