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Old 07-13-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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Project: The Undocument Projects–Part 2

Project: The Undocument Projects–Part 2

Well, as I said in my last post about undocumented projects, there was liable to be some I forgot. In this edition, I detail the second of my two current antenna arrays on my camper, my long range Yagi Wifi Mast.

Yagi Wifi Antenna (February, 2010)

At my last place of residence during my full-timing days before I found Island Cove Park out on Sauvie Island, I had finally gotten myself a laptop. Where I was staying had Wifi, but even with being parked right next to the house, the camper’s skin cut the wifi signal down drastically.

While down visiting family between contracts, I finally decided to install an external Wifi antenna of some kind on my camper. After several pages of discussion on the subject of various RV forums, I ended up deciding to get a custom brass Yagi Wifi Antenna with built in Wifi card from InnovativeDevice on Ebay.

The antenna is 33” long and is section, though with how I have it setup, I just fold it down on the side of the rig in one piece.

I made the mast for the unit out of a painter’s pole and made the mount bracket out of piece of aluminum channel.



This antenna is wonderful for use in parks with weak or poor Wifi access points as I can simply point it at the location of their transmitter and be able to get a strong enough signal to enjoy the internet, even if I’m towards the far reaches of the park.
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I have the "Wave" antenna that is omnidirectional. I put it on a telescoping painting pole attached to my awning. It sticks up well over the top of the coach and will pick up the signal from 360 degrees. This works out well when there are multiple signals. I can switch between easily.
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I have the "Wave" antenna that is omnidirectional. I put it on a telescoping painting pole attached to my awning. It sticks up well over the top of the coach and will pick up the signal from 360 degrees. This works out well when there are multiple signals. I can switch between easily.
I looked into the omnidirectional antennas, but they didn't have the dB pickup that I was after for using in parks where the signal is really poor, or they only have it at the office, that where the yagi wins out.

When others are unable to connect, I'm usually pulling in a good signal.
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The Wave can deliever up to 29 dBm where the directional is 16. It is awsome. You have to make the moral deccision, "Am I going to take somebody's WiFi?" Some folks do not steal it. I guess I have rationalized that if they don't put in a password, they don't mind. I know that most routers come without a password and you have to set it up. Lots of folks don't bother with this step and leave themselves open. If we haven't had WiFi for a few days, I will go to something like a shopping center and put my antenna on my truck antenna and be able to pick up multiple signals. I have a small handheld WiFi detector and a phone app that tell me the signal strength and if secured or not, I have a 200 watt inverter that I can use in the truck. I can get my essential stuff done. More and more places are giving away WiFi. McDonald's almost always do and I can tell where they are from their website.
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