Lots of great information and I'm trying to look at all alternatives.
Ethernet would require the re-digging of a trench across the
gravel driveway plus installation of 200' of cable.
Wireless would require going through the walls of two structures
and mounting outside antenna (inside wireless won't work).
However, we do have a couple of existing pairs of unused
telephone connections between the house and guest house
office. Therefore, I'm now exploring the HomePNA system
where existing telephone wires are used to carry the signal.
HPNA 3.0 is supposed to be the latest version and highest
speed. HPNA 2.0 was good for 10mbps while the newer
3.0 version is hyped up to 100+mbps.
All that said, I don't see any great leap toward the use of
HPNA. Any experience out there?
If it's do-able, then this would be my quickest way home.
Mount Vernon WA USA
----- Original Message -----
From: "PJ" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Steve Hammatt" <GSteve@hammatt.com>; "Shop Talk"
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 5:49 AM
Subject: Re: Wireless Internet Networks
> Wireless G is the way to go, but some of these routers are sensitive to
> orientation of the router's antenna and the wireless card receiving the
> signal. You could experiment with moving the router around first, they
> higher is better, to see what that does. Other ways would be boosting the
> signal with some hacked firmware, buying a booster antenna, or a
> that would receive the signal and retransmit it, or searching the internet
> for some 'add-ons' to the router to help directionally 'aim' the signal to
> your house. (http://www.smarthome.com/6311.html). There are lots of
> on the net of course about this, and much more you could get into, guys
> been able to put together 'guns' out of pringles cans, etc. for shooting
> signal for miles. Putting the antenna for the router on the exterior is
> best start since it's staionary anyway. If your wireless computer is a
> desktop, sometimes the antenna can be buried behind the computer in a
> workstation, etc. so you could also buy a USB wireless antenna and extend
> the USB cable to the top of a bookcase, etc. to reach the signal. Some of
> the manufacturers out there make stuff especially for their devices.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Steve Hammatt" <GSteve@hammatt.com>
> To: "Shop Talk" <email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 1:42 AM
> Subject: Wireless Internet Networks
> > Slightly on topic. Trying to hook up wireless
> > between my home office (in a guest house)
> > and my shop (near by) and our upstairs computer
> > in our house (a few more feet away). I've tested the
> > wireless router (a new Belkin 802.11g) unit and have
> > a very weak signal especially in the house. Unfortunately
> > it is impossible to economically trench in some cables so
> > we're looking at improving the wireless method. I'm pretty
> > sure that if I can find an exterior (meaning outside, not external)
> > antenna that could be fed off the Belkin base transmitter/receiver
> > unit) and a similar exterior antenna that could be connected
> > directly to the Ethernet card in the house computer located
> > upstairs, this should result in a good to excellent connect rate
> > to the remote desktop.
> > Is my thinking in the right direction? Any suggestions for exactly
> > what antennas I'm in need of? It looks like my new Belkin
> > Wireless Router does not have removable antennas.......so I'll
> > probably have to switch out the unit for another router.....any
> > suggestions here?
> > Super thanks.
> > Steve Hammatt
> > Mount Vernon WA USA