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August 10, 2015
We are at an RV resort. We subscribe to our own WIFI. It comes wirelessly to a receiver. I connect a cable from the receiver to a router. Then all of my devices work and connect to the router
Now a new problem We have a boat that is about 300 feet from our RV and the router. We want to add a security camera. I purchased an extender. It did not even start to work. I purchased a stronger extender 10,000 square foot coverage. I connected the extender to the rouher wirelessly and the camera to the extender wirelessly. If I mount the extender about half way between the RV and the boat, it will connect and work for a while. It has worked all day, it has worked for 10 minutes. Then I get a connection that the camerais no longer connect to the inetwork. I monitor it with my tablet at the RV.
Any suggestions. are there much stronger extenders? Can I connect one of my extenders to the other and then to the camera? I increased my WI feed from 3mbps to 6 mbps and it does not seem to make a difference. The WIFi people told me that the camera probably wanted faster download speed which the 6 mbps should give me. Calling the camera people or the extender people for help is useless. I am probably past my knowledge level.
Thanks for anyones help
It sounds like you may be experiencing some radio frequency (RF) interference. That is not unusual in an RV resort and would explain the intermittent connectivity. Lots of things can interfere, from microwave ovens to other WiFi hotspots. Anything metal is going to reflect the radio signal and anything with water will absorb the signal. Adding more power is not always the answer.
Understanding that WiFi is a 2-way radio with limited channels is key. Unobstructed line of sight between your RV and boat will help. Antenna location is very important. There are directional antennas which may help if your equipment supports external antennas. Switching channels on your router may be a place to check. Download a WiFi analyzer for your phone and check out the environment.
Streaming video is very bandwidth hungry, as you say. Start with the easiest things and work through to more elaborate solutions.
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