HOW TO – Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extender

Tm36usa writes “Easily receive WIFI signals from far away using a standard USB WIFI adaptor and a bit of ingenuity. This Simple idea requires no modifications to a USB WIFI adaptor or your computer. A simple way to increase the signal strength and range of your WIFI. Plus it works with all USB WIFI adaptors”Link.

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  1. Now, can anyone recommend a combination of (particular) Linux distribution and (particular) 802.11 USB dongle that work well together, out-of-the-box, stock, no-foolin’-around, plug-and-play, etc?

    I’ve tried a few with no success, but a) I’m a perpetual newbie, and “just recompile driver z and kernel Q” aren’t very helpful ;) and b) darnit, shouldn’t this just work for at least *some* USB wireless dongles? I know it’s the fault of the manufacturers for not releasing the information needed to driver writers (or releasing drivers themselves) but one day I’d like to be able to recommend a live CD to people that would work with wireless via USB.

    Any recommendations?


    1. I’ve got a belkin v4000 that works fine. It’s a zydas1211 chip and has worked out of the box for a long time.

      The chips to watch out for are Broadcom and Ralink(the new ones). Atheros chips seem to be well supported but only Netgear tend to use them and Belkin tend to use Ralinks. This situation may different out of Europe though.

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