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  1. My aunt recently divorced her husband, and is now living on the second floor of an apartment, and her husband pretty much took all the money, so she can't afford much. I helped her set up a computer and leech wifi from a nearby building. Thing is, she doesn't get a very good signal at all.

    I figured that maybe if she could get her internet from a lower elevation, the signal might be better. I used my phone to test the wifi from several different locations, and it turns out that directly under the window where she keeps her computer has a pretty good connection. So I was planning to use a 30' USB extension cable to connect to her computer, run down the side of the building, and on the inside edge of the side of the fire escape ladder, and plug a USB wifi stick to.

    My only concern is will the metal of the fire escape ladder degrade the signal because it's surrounded on 3 sides, or is the metal too thin to really make a difference?


    And please don't complain about the potential problems of this plan regarding weather conditions or people stealing it, I've got that covered.

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    2. DoomUK

      DoomUK

      Sodaholic said:

      And please don't complain about the potential problems of this plan regarding weather conditions or people stealing it, I've got that covered.

      Pray tell.

    3. Blastfrog

      Blastfrog

      DoomUK said:

      Pray tell.

      There was a really good spot that no one would ever look where I could hide the wifi receiver, and I had materials that I could cover it with to protect it from rain.

      Still, I think I'm going to get a directional antenna instead. Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

    4. Use

      Use

      And somehow all this is easier than just paying for internet. Alrighty.

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