WiFi makes it so easy to give internet access to remote devices such as laptops and smartphones but, I’ve always found it to be temperamental such as moving it a few meters can sometimes mean you get a different signal quality. All in all, it’s good but, I couldn’t seem to stream HD stuff, just juddered so, I looked into strengthening the signal and even getting it into a house across the road.
This is the first thing I believe can be replaced and is the simplest to do, I bought the TP-Link TL-ANT2408CL 2.4GHz 8dbi Indoor Omni-Directional Antenna well, 3 of them as it’s a 802.11n router. Here’s a before picture:
And here’s a picture after:
The best way to demonstrate just how big of a difference these are is a side by side comparison – manufacturers never seem to ship antennae like this:
With these new ones, I can now stream HD content anywhere in my house but, let’s say I need to then extend that across the street to another house – so, we’ve already bought the new antennae which should give us a stronger signal other there anyway but, we now need a range extender such as the NETGEAR WN2000RPT Universal WiFi Range Extender – Wireless network extender – 802.11b/g/n which extended the network pretty well actually, sure, it’s not as fast as being connected to the original one but, it does provide increased coverage.
Last thing to buy was a high gain USB antenna, this worked pretty well and as expected – it was 802.11n compatible up to 150 meg so it obviously connected at full rate. Very impressed, good signal – can stream TV shows just fine.
All in all, cost around £70 but, did exactly what I wanted it to do.