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rverdlm
05-02-2006, 07:01 PM
When we pull into a CG with WIFI and get set up many times the signal is so weak it's hard to use. My wife and I both have laptops and use them at the same time. When we have our DirecWay dish set up it runs through a router so we are both on wireless. Is there any way to use an antenae through my router? We don't want to be hooked up with a wire running to an antenae because we don't like wires running across the floor. We also would need 2 antenaes for 2 computers. Any solution that will allow us to increase our signal strength would be appreciated.

rverdlm
05-04-2006, 11:30 AM
I didn't get any responces, but I've fixed the problem and I thought I'd pass along what I did. I went to Circuit City and purchased a Belkin Wireless Pre-N card. It said it has wider coverage. When I installed it into the computers both went from 2 yellow bars and a weak signal to 5 green bars and a strong signal. Before we could barely get on and would get knocked off constantly. Now we get on immediately and stay on. This is a huge improvement. Pre-N is what will soon be replacing G & B. It is backward compatible. I'm really quit impressed.

Stripit
05-06-2006, 04:18 PM
Hi Dave;
We wonder where your router is placed in your trailer? On our rig, the router is under the desk, and one computer is hard wired in, and then my computer is wifi to that modem. If having it under or in a cabinet will block some signal strength??

rverdlm
05-07-2006, 05:52 PM
Hi Stacy; We're looking forward to seeing you again at the rally. The router is only 5' away from the computer, but that isn't the problem. We always have a good signal to the router. The problem is in finding a way to recieve the CG WIFI signal better.

Stripit
05-08-2006, 08:43 AM
The problem is in finding a way to recieve the CG WIFI signal better.

NOW I understand. Somehow I missed that the 1st time around. Looking forward to seeing you both!

chismtrail_er
05-11-2006, 11:00 AM
There is a great article in the latest issue of Trailer Life that describes a home-made directional antenna to boost campground WIFI signals to yor trailer.

I can't wait to try this.....downside is one more thing to set up at the site, but worth every penny if you are far from a hotspot or repeater, and don't have the time or inclination to set up DirecWay.

CampingCaptain
05-11-2006, 11:56 AM
Jay,
Have you or anyone you know tried using Vonage phone service with DirecWay internet service? Just wondering how it might work.

chismtrail_er
05-11-2006, 03:51 PM
Jay,
Have you or anyone you know tried using Vonage phone service with DirecWay internet service? Just wondering how it might work.

I have it, just have not hooked up yet. I was told by a Direcway dealer that it will work as long as you set the bandwidth to the lowest settin in the Vonage Linksys router. He said to set it to 30. He also said to expect some delaying. I am leaving for Ohio and Indiana this Saturday, and can give an actual trip report on a couple of mods.

Vonage and Direcway
Wireless RearView camera
Laptop stand (for use w/ MS Streets & Trips w/ GPS

I have to get a B Channel Bridge to try the homemade WIFI Antenna.
May do that on this trip to give mesomething to do.

We have two wireless Laptops, so I expect to really give things a workout.

CampingCaptain
05-11-2006, 04:22 PM
Jay,
Good luck on your trip. I'll be waiting to hear how things worked out. In concept, it would seem like Vonage should work, but there is a possiblity that lag time could cause problems. Obviously, satellite service cannot be as fast as cable broadband.

rverdlm
05-11-2006, 05:25 PM
There is a yahoo group for sat internet and on there they say it works very poorly. Long lag time. You need to say over when you are done talking so the other person will know they can talk and then you must wait. I'll also be interested to see how you do.

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