In Need of Wifi Help? Need to Make a 1.8 Mile Connection HELP? Need some Ideas!
Any help is well appreciated!
I'm using a PowerBook G4 laptop, HP Pavilion notebook, and a MacPro Desktop. An Apple Base Station for my in-house network. The Base Station has an external pigtail antenna connector.
I live out in the country about 1.8 miles away from Subway (in town) which has a FREE open network with speeds at around 900-1.3mbps. Since I live in the country, an expensive satellite setup just isn't going to happen. I'm only 1.8 miles away from Subway and I'm sure there is a way I can reach the network with a some help, supplies and ingenuity. I read that people are reaching 3, 5, even 10t to 15 or more miles with DIY antennas. Line of sight from my house to Subway isn't the best, there are some obstacles like trees and houses in the way, so there's no direct line of sight at all.
I searched the forum for some ideas. I tried one antenna from the site with a wifi USB-G adapter I had sitting around and was able to reach close to a mile and the signal was really weak. I wasn't using the Base Station, just plugging the adapter into my Mac laptop and using the software it came with. It's a hawkins wifi usb adapter for the Mac.
I was thinking of setting up an enclosed solar powered transmitter, using circuitry from one of the two 2.4gzh 5-mile walkie talkies I have, and placing it at a not so visible spot at Subway. The other one would be adapted to my Base Station which I would still have control over the network creating a closed hidden network with WEP encryption, but not sure.
This is where I could use some help and your ideas?
An antenna seems like the best and easiest approach but I'm not sure how to get it to reach 2+ miles and maintain high speeds.
Any helpful advice, links, photos, etc. would be great!