Well, I went out a bought a Portable modem(indoor) to try where we live. We are probably 6km from the tower directly. Also, my parents live next door, and we wanted to figure out a way to share the internet.
The only signal we could get was from the top of their driveway(they live on one side of the hill, we live on the other, with the tower on their side)
After finding out that we had a signal(1, 2 and sometimes 3 bars, depending on where it was placed...very touchy) I went out a purchased a belkin wireless d mimo router.
This morning we erected a tv tower in between our houses at the top of the hill, and created a plexiglass housing for both the modem and router. We also put in ventilation holes, and at the bottom an opening with rubber slits to place the power cord in to plug everything in.
So up the tower it is, with extension cords running across our property.
Now, the only problem is, that we can get a signal from both houses, but very low signals.
The modem has only one bar, sometimes 2. When I first tried a couple of nights ago, I had sometimes 3 bars and 1.8mbps down, now I am lucky to get 0.5mbps down.(with one bar, sometimes 2)
Do you think it would improve with an outdoor modem?(was thinking it had the same antenna, just a weather proofed case)
Or any ideas on how to get another bar or two?
Just for insight,,,,,,, go here Rogers now offers outdoor modem for portable internet
and follow my posts starting from post #280..it should help.
Hack that sucker and add a external antenna ......
Your first mistake was a belkin router. No Offence......should have got a linksys wrt54gl.......flashed it with Tomato firmware which would increase the output from 42 milliwats up to 250 and adding a 9Dbi dipole to the router which both you and you're parents could access/
I'm kinda a WiFi nut... My network consists of 3 routers two of which are 800 feet apart talking to eachother in WDS mode supplying a good friend with internet.
It's really easy to hack these modems and remove the internel antenna adding a N Male to RP SMA Male 195 Cable, 1 feet (0.304 meter)
the shorter the cable the less signal loss.
attach it to a 2.4GHz Grid or Panel directional Antenna and you're all set.
I'll post a picture in my album showing the WiFi Access Point @ my place.
What model and version of Belkin did you purchase...