This project provides a solution for a wireless network that is barely out of reach by easily setting up an access point outside the house through the construction of a wireless repeater. This will be placed between the user and the wireless router in order to repeat the signal that is stronger than before and gaining access to the previously inaccessible network. An image of the Wi-Fi signal spread map rendered by an artist is shown below.
One of the 3 ways to be constructed is the outdoor wireless access point/signal repeater which will contain a hyperlink 8dB compact omnidirectional 2.4GHz antenna, 2 Linksys 802.11b access points, PVC enclosure, double-sided foam tape, and a few power tools. The access point should fit on the enclosure and the access point/repeater can always be dismantled if finding a case is very difficult since the case is bigger than the actual electronics inside in most of the time. A 10”x10”x4” PVC box shown in the below image was suitable to be used.
The next photo shows the complete naked enclosure where a mast attachment is included in the 8dB compact hyperlink omnidirectional antenna used. Only one antenna is attached to a 2” PVC pipe and cap. To spread the 8dB signal over 360 degrees, omnidirectional is preferred.
The front of the WAP11 was removed in order to show the status LEDs thru the bottom of the enclosure. The photos below show that the front part was taken and stacked on the back of the WAP11. This causes the height to be perfectly in the middle while obtaining some support. The LED lights could still shine thru by filling up the 3 marked and drilled LED holes with clear silicon. The LEDs were secured in the enclosure by attaching some double-sided foam tape.
All the cables were attached to the WAP11 in the image below and then powered up. Only the power will be needed if the system will be set up as a repeater. Power and Ethernet will be required for setting up an outdoor access point. A pretty good coverage can be found depending on the tree coverage and any structures. More access points and/or bigger antennas can make the coverage better.
Another way is to create a universal wireless repeater which can be placed anywhere and it will wirelessly repeat the strongest signal onto another wireless network. It will work with any open network once this appliance was set up and the functionality was known as Range Expander or Wireless Client Bridge. A screenshot of the network configuration is shown below.
Another way is to produce a Wi-Fi range expander on wireless repeater Linksys WRE54G as shown below. This involves dividing the Linksys antenna into two parts for incoming and outgoing signal strength on the antenna. In order to connect to a remote access point or client, a noninvasive method is done to extend the operation range. The next image illustrates the finished assembly while being set up in the right direction.