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Using a long-range extender with R-Pi

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:05 am
by JoeMetro
Hey guys, Raspberry Pi complete newbie, I'm not really looking to get into the hobby (although I feel i may get sucked into it haha) I'm just more trying to make this one useful device using a Raspberry Pi.

So I want to use this long-range extender to connect directly to my Raspberry Pi and use the Pi to either create it's own wifi network using the existing network OR to simply extend the network.

The reason I need this is because I'm running various versions of Linux that are not compatible with those long-range extenders but if i can get a wifi network available inside my home that'd be great! Or is it more trouble to get this long-range extender to be compatible with the raspberry pi?

Thanks guys!

Re: Using a long-range extender with R-Pi

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:52 am
by MoosePi
These extenders are just signal boosters, can not see the version of Linux should make a difference, also the one you pointed to is older 54G, and not the faster "N" According to http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alfa-AWUS036H-8 ... B002WCEWU8 the WiFi adaptor has Linux drivers.

What is your present set up ?

Country
Broadband type
WiFi Router ?

Yes the RPi can be configured as a WiFi range extender, in most homes a fancy pants aerial should not be needed......

Re: Using a long-range extender with R-Pi

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:36 pm
by JoeMetro
USA
Comcast
Comcast's Xfinity modem/wifi router combo device

I want this to be completely separate from my wifi however, I can't use that connector i linked to grab free wifi that's very far away and then shoot it out through my raspberry pi so my other devices in my home can use it?

Re: Using a long-range extender with R-Pi

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:24 pm
by MoosePi
http://elinux.org/RPi_USB_Wi-Fi_Adapters

http://elinux.org/RPI-Wireless-Hotspot

You will need to bridge the two wireless adaptors, beyond my scope, but it seems that it has been done as several posts on this forum.

Re: Using a long-range extender with R-Pi

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:26 pm
by DougieLawson
Have you looked at powerline and Cat5 cables?

http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-Powerline-E ... B008BFAGIC

With the right WiFi adapter and by running hostapd you can turn your RPi into a wireless access point.
http://elinux.org/RPI-Wireless-Hotspot

Re: Using a long-range extender with R-Pi

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:37 pm
by JoeMetro
Okay so the one I originally linked is "AWUS036H" and under the working wifi adapters page the AWUS036H works.
So that eBay package SHOULD connect with the raspberry pi correct?

If I am right then I should be able to do this? http://elinux.org/RPI-Wireless-Hotspot

THanks for all your help btw :)

Re: Using a long-range extender with R-Pi

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:40 pm
by MoosePi
JoeMetro wrote:Okay so the one I originally linked is "AWUS036H" and under the working wifi adapters page the AWUS036H works.
So that eBay package SHOULD connect with the raspberry pi correct?

If I am right then I should be able to do this? http://elinux.org/RPI-Wireless-Hotspot

THanks for all your help btw :)
If you are using two WiFi Adaptors you will need to Bridge them, one has to be input, the other output...........

Re: Using a long-range extender with R-Pi

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:46 pm
by JoeMetro
OH sorry I just saw the post about these http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-Powerline-E ... B008BFAGIC

Err Yes I got the part that I need to output/input them, but the eBay one I linked works as one input adapter correct? I just need to grab another adapter to output?

Sorry, again I'm a newbie to all this... =/