> Hi everybody, I'm new here, please bear w/me. The search for relevant
> information is overwhelming and I'm hoping that you guys can help me w/
> a simple, inexpensive solution.
> Verizon FIOS internet service, both wired and wireless in the main
> house. About 40 feet away, is a detached garage w/a room above it;
> it is in this structure that I'd like wireless internet w/o paying for
> a whole other connection from Verizon (obviously).
> On the side of the main house that is FURTHEST away from the garage is
> the Verizon ActionTec, M1424WR, wireless router thing :-) This router
> is hard-wired to a PC that is on the side of the house that is closest
> to the garage. This router also provides wireless internet service
> thru the main house for my laptop when I have it at home. (Now I
> admit, I haven't taken the laptop to the garage and tried to get a
> signal, it's pretty weak just on the opposite side of the house).
> What I would like to know is how to bounce/repeat/send/whatever the
> wireless signal from the main house to the garage.
> What I've checked out:
> I looked into the parabolic DIY wok-fi style antennas and they seem to
> operate only by disabling the laptops built in wi-fi and then you have
> to be tethered to the wok-fi antenna, right? USB wifi dongle plugged
> into your laptop's USB port?
> I also looked into external antennas to try and relay the signal, but
> there is so much information out there it's gets confusing and they
> seem like an expensive solution.
> I looked at things like Pringles antenna and coffee can antenna and,
> I'm sorry, I'm not really handy so I don't know if I could build one.
> guess I could try.
> Is it possible to get a couple of wireless routers that have repeater
> functions and simply plug one into the network jack in the house (on
> the side of the house closest to the garage) and then plug the other
> one into an outlet in the garage and hope the signal is strong enough
> to make the garage a "hot spot", or will that not work and I'd have to
> have a wireless router/repeater plugged DIRECTLY into a port on the
> ActionTech, then have another repeater in the house and yet another in
> the garage to pick it up?
> Any tips, hints, points to links, etc., would be greatly appreciated
> Thank you!!!!!
A directional antenna or reflector at your router just might work.
Try the reflector Clarence mentioned - they work and it's free!
Another very simple option is to use Powerline Networking. You plug
an adapter into the your router and then into the wall. As long as
your garage has a socket is on the same leg of the transformer, you
can plug in another adapter there for either ethernet or local wifi.
Plug directly into the wall, no power strips.
Within the netgear line, go with the XE not the HD series - from what
I've read, the HDs have electrical interference problems.
I've been buying the older Netgear ones (XE102) on ebay or Amazon
fairly cheaply. They also have a version that gives wifi wherever
you plug it in, but it gets quite hot and is reported to have a high
failure rate. I have one that has not failed, but I try to keep it
cool. Perhaps it's more reliable to use a pair of straight ethernet
adapters with a cheap wireless router cabled to the remote one.