Punching through the mud

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I am trying to set up wireless access in two apartments from a nearby office on a small campus. I hooked up an access point in the office, but was unable to get a signal about 50 feet away in one of the apartments. There are 3 intervening walls, two of which are 1 foot thick adobe. My question is, will a higher gain directional attenna punch the signal through, or is the adobe just going to block everything? If a different attenna is the way to go, any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for the look. D

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Your best bet here is to either make a wireless bridge (two APs, one at each end) or find a window to aim your antenna at. Wireless is still a bit of an art as to what substances it will travel through – you never know when someone has bolstered up a wall with a steel frame or something. You need something with some signal grunt – I had two 3com basic APs in a bridge aiming through two windows and about 20ft of space and the connection was ropey as hell.

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  • Wickedstick
    If the wall is truly adobe, they usually have a layer of chickenwire-type material underneath and it will cause interference.
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